By Andrew Iro Okungbowa
FOLLOWING the successful curtailment of the spread of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Nigeria, the Association of Nigeria Tour Operators (NATOP) has commended the federal government and Lagos State government alongside other governors for the prompt and effective manner they worked together to prevent the spread of the deadly disease in the country even as its warmed that Americans and other European currently battling to hand the disease to treat Nigerians with dignity and respect for human rights.
In a press release signed by the president of the umbrella body for travel operators in the country, Mr. Nkwereuwem Onung, the body commended the prompt attention giving to tackling the matter and information machinery deployed by the government to enlighten and educate Nigeria on the matter.
The body said for the first time in a long while Nigerians witnessed a demonstration of something and positive about the Nigerian government, describing the manner the disease was handled as ‘‘efficiency in governance,’’ and the fact that once determined the Nigerian government can actually go the full hug to deliver good governance to the people.
According to Onung, the partnership by the Lagos State government and the federal government is a pointer to the fact that if all Nigerians and government at all levels lay aside their differences and politics that efficiency and the promotion of public good and interest can be achieved in a question of time.
He, therefore, called on all Nigerians to joins hands in building a virile and united nation where brotherliness and common good of the people thrive, adding that this is the only way that the country can overcome it many challenges and build a sound economic base for the people. Onung who is also the chairman of Remlord Tours and Transports Services, stressed that even though it members suffered great losses from it following the cancellations of business deals earlier nick but that it was happy that the government effectively curtailed the spread and that today Nigeria is free and it members and others can now hope to get their businesses back on track again.
With American and other Western and Europe countries that battling to stave off the spread of the disease in their soil, the tour operating body called for caution in the manner that they treat Nigerians travelling in and out of their countries.
He said that Nigerians deserved to be accord their full human rights and not seen as the carriers of EVD as the epidemic is a global once and not confined to West Africa countries alone as many people believe. The body then called for a global approach to be adopted by the western world, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United Nations (UN) in the handling of the matter otherwise it would assume an alarming proportion.