On the 10th of July 2020 at 11am WAT, CPI set out to create awareness on the need to stop the spread of COVID-19. The weather was clement and the serene Millennium Village Centre (the Centre) at Ologolo Village, Eti-Osa Local Government Area, Lagos State, was a very suitable location for the COVID- 19 community awareness outreach campaign, which was intended to impact 200 community members.
The Centre welcomed our project and supported it by making their facility available to us without charge. Fortuitously, the Centre is founded on the promotion and research of world peace by empowering youths with vocational skills.
In order to adhere to World Health Organisation (WHO) and Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) guidelines and protocols for the management of COVID-19, proper washing of hands and social distancing were enforced, whilst the programme was ongoing. We attended to the community members in batches of 20 – 30 persons per time. The project was structured into three speaking slots, all conducted by the CPI Team. Mrs Uduak Udofia, who introduced CPI as the Nigerian affiliate of International Cities of Peace, handled the first slot. In her introduction, she spoke about the general objectives of the Organization, and this was expertly and flawslessly interpreted in the community dialect, by Mrs Modupe Dosunmu, a member of the CPI Team.
The second speaker, Mrs Dero Daniels enlightened and encouraged the community members to stop the spread of COVID-19 by observing social distancing, regular washing of hands with soap and water where available, or the use of hand sanitizers, wearing of face mask, and working remotely when necessary. The third speaker, Mrs. AbiyeTam-George briefly emphasized on four critical ingredients to finding peace within one’s self. Mrs Tam-George encouraged the community members to practice taking a decision to be peaceful, find out the challenging circumstances that make them prone to acts of disturbance, practice patience, and approach a mentor or counsellor when they experience challenges.
Thereafter,200 pieces of face masks and hand sanitisers were distributed to members of the community. The programme lasted for 1hour 30minutes, from 11am to 12:30pm. It was an impactful campaign.The target community members were artisans and traders at the lower income bracket who depend on daily income for sustenance; hence the need to equip them with protective gears was most crucial. Eti-Osa Local Government Area, is reported to have the highest number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Lagos & Nigeria.
A mobile hand-washing unit, complete with liquid soap, was donated to the Centre. CPI is currently exploring other possible areas of collaborations with the Centre, which includes but not limited to the establishment of a mediation centre, within the facility, cultivating Peace parks/ garden & Peace Museums, which are all parts of the CPI Lagos vision. City of Peace Initiative, Lagos, Trustees and members planned and executed the Covid-19 Awareness Campaign. The accounts and pictures are attached to this Report.