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Ebola: ‘Liberia govt owes Nigeria more explanations’

ABUJA – NIGERIAN Women under the auspices of the Association of Market Women and Men in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Thursday, insisted that apology tendered by the Liberian authorities over the importation of Ebola virus into Nigeria by Liberian man, Patrick Sawyer, was not enough.

They said the Liberia government had more explanations to give to Nigeria and Nigerians over permission given to the late Sawyer, having got the knowledge of his health status as carrier of Ebola virus.

The Liberian President, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, on CNN news had said that Mr Sawyer was indiscipline and disrespectful for failing to heed medical advice not to travel.

Already, People through the social network are raising questions, challenging the competence of Liberia’s Deputy Finance Minister, Sebastian Omar, who cleared late Sawyer to travel to Nigeria for ECOWAS conference.

The President, Association of Market Women and Men, Chief Mrs Felicia Sani while speaking during a National Workshop on Security Awareness and Sensitization Campaign on Ebola Virus for Market Women in FCT organized by the National Orientation Agency, NOA, in Abuja, said although Liberia government had apologized, it was not enough for the enormity of lost their act had caused the country.

“Liberian Ambassador to Nigeria has apologised, but he has more explanations to give to Nigeria and her citizens,” she insisted.

Earlier, the Director General of the National Orientation Agency, NOA, Mike Omeri in his welcome address said the Federal Government had already placed the Federal Ministry of Health on red alert to prevent the spread of the disease.

The DG explained that with the current situation in the country, what people need to do was to cooperate with the government to curtail the spread of the ebola virus.

He urged Nigerians to desist from taking pre-cautionary step that could further endanger their health.

“You should not take your bath salt or embark on excessive eating of better kola, all in the name of preventing ebola disease. Whatever government say you should do, do it, don’t listen to hearsay,” Omeri warned.

He urged market women to be mindful of their neighbours and report all suspicious persons and movement to law enforcement agencies.

The Workshop was attended by not less than 22 chapters of the association from all the six local councils in the FCT.


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