The Africa Union (AU) Economic, Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC), an organ of the African Union has inaugurated four sub – committees as part of its Nigeria COVID -19 Response Team.
This inauguration is in line with the declaration made by the AU on COVID -19, where it charged all its organs and agencies to support the government at all levels in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
Inaugurating the committees during the week at the AU – ECOSOCC Conference Room, WAEC Building, Maitama, Abuja, the Country Representative, Dr. Tunji Asaolu said the committees will map out the organ’s efforts to support government at all levels in Nigeria in the fight against COVID -19.
He said the AU-ECOSOCC welcome the declaration made by AU “because, is in line with its Statutes in Article 3 section 1 which requests ECOSOCC to promote continuous dialogue between all segments of the Africa people on issues concern the continent and its future”
On the event, he said “what we are doing today is to put our weight and do the talk and of course, the way to implement the Africa Joint Continental Strategy for COVID-19 Outbreak in Africa.
“To achieve these, we must climax on our strategic agenda by engaging a pool of experts from various professions in their chosen fields to drive the AU-ECOSOCC Nigeria Response to the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria.
The Country Representative promised that AU – ECOSOCC is ready “to assist and complements government’s efforts to further curtail COVID-19 pandemic as well to come out with suitable policy or frameworks that will further help the government to revive its economy”
The organ, he added, will also look into a strategy and best approach that will lead to a permanent solution to COVID-19.
“The Committees will be responsible to mobilize resources (Cash and Kind) from philanthropist, relevant stakeholders, local and international organizations to support the activities of Federal Government of Nigeria on COVID-19 as well as objective of AU-ECOSOCC”, he said.
Under the AU-ECOSOCC COVID-19 Response Team members were group into four (4) Sub-Committees, each committee is headed by a Chairman and Deputy Chairman.
The Resource & Contact Mobilization Committee with Mr Samuel Babatunde and Engr. Chris Anonre as Chairman and Deputy Chairman respectively shall explore all avenue to mobilize financial, material, technical andvhuman resources.
Other member of the committee are: Mrs Lois Auta.Udonkanta. Secretary, Mrs Susan Lokpobiri and Hon. Moses O.T.
Also, the Inter – Governmental Affairs, Data Gathering & Mobilization and Advocacy & Campaign committees were inaugurated.
At the administrative and coordination levels, Dr. Tunji Asaolu will be the Head of Secretariat while Mr. Lugard Okonobo (as National Coordinator) and Opeyemi Aderinto (Deputy Coordinator) and Michael (as Administrative Secretary). They will all be responsible to coordinate all the committees’ activities at the secretariat level
“I have no doubt that you will perform creditably well, reference to your antecedents in your previous engagements, trusting that you will count it privilege to support our collective resolve in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria at this critical period in our lifetime”, the Country Representative charged members of the various committees.