Civil Peace Service Network, comprising of AGEH(Association for Development Cooperation) and ‘Bread for the World’ yesterday donated CDs and food items to the Drivers’ Union.
The donation ceremony took place at the YWCA hall.
Manfred Rink, the head of the Network, in his statement, said that they are in the country to strengthen the fragile peace of the country, as they are a peace organization. He added that their network has been in existence for the past six years and their programme mainly was to give women and children a voice, while on the process, they decided that they can’t do such now considering what is happening in the country, which is the outbreak of Ebola, so they had to change their programme for this year and help the Government fight the disease. He maintained that they want to raise awareness and sensitize people about the disease and the risk involved, thus the need for this donation.
In his statement, the Deputy Minister of Social Welfare Gender and Children’s Affairs Mustapha Bai Atilla, while donating the CDs to the President of the Drivers Union, said that what the country is going through now is not a normal situation, as it is a state of public emergency therefore everybody must be law abiding and not involved in any chaos. ‘These are not normal times, therefore we all must try as best as possible to abide by the laws’, the minister affirmed. He also made it clear that we must take all necessary precautionary measures and avoid body contact.
The minister cautioned them to use the donated items for its intended purpose especially the CDs, as it goes a long way and the message of Ebola are all contained in it. He also admonished them to distribute the CDs to taxis and poda- poda passengers to be playing them in their vehicles while driving as this is also a way of sensitization.
In his statement, while receiving the donated items, the President of the Drivers’ Union, Alpha Amadu Bah said that they are extremely happy for the donation as it is coming at the right time, when some of their members have been quarantined for a long time and they depend on the union to help them with food and other items. He also added that they have lot 35 of their members to the Ebola disease. And added that the union is now part of the Emergency Operation Centre and they are now included in decision making concerning the Ebola Virus.
By Nancy Koroma
Monday September 22, 2014