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JIFORM To Nations: Stop Waiting For Miracle Vaccine Look Inward For Solutions

By John Idowu

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The Journalists International Forum For Migration (JIFORM) has charged nations to look inward for solutions for Covid-19 instead of waiting endlessly for proposed vaccine.

Ajibola Abayomi, the President of JIFORM made the comment during the fourth edition of the virtual online summit of the foundation with over 200 journalists covering migration across the globe on Friday.

He argued that giving the rising number of deaths linked to the dreaded disease being recorded, nations must find alternative to combat the corona virus before it was too late.

The summit is titled: Migration:: Remedies For Covid-9 and economy. Speakers from within and Africa are billed to deliver presentation in session slated for Friday May 29 to 30 and June 5 and 6, 2020.

His words: “For months, Covid-19 has largely affected the global way of life even the so called hardliners and religious extremists were forced to shift grounds on their cherished beliefs and positions.

“The media environment was not an exception as newspaper, radio, television, online and other outfits are adjusting their expenditures. We need not to be told that difficult times are ahead of us.
It is an indisputable fact that both the developed and the under developed world are now on same scale giving the current happenings.

“In so doing, we must join the rest of the world to take a position on the rampaging corona virus. It is either we live to fight and conquer the Covid-19 or we surrender to fear and allow the pandemic to have its way. The first option seemed to be the way forward. We must unanimously resolve to set aside fear and defeat the dreaded disease for us to have assurances of better tomorrow.”

He urged nations to look inward and tasked the African leaders to stop dependent on foreign aid and invest in home grown capacities

“Therefore, if that must be done, nations must put on their thinking caps and look for remedies to combat the disease and the dwindling global economic situation.

“Hence, we are where we are, but it is not too late to catch up and do the needful.
The challenge posed by the herbal remedy for Covid-19 from Madagascar to the theory being propounded by the World Health Organisation (WHO) that the disease has no cure is worth giving a trial.

“At least, the nation has evidences in the numbers of the recoveries of the infected victims.
I must state at junction that giving the soaring numbers of deaths occasioned by the Covid-19, it is only sensible for nations to jettison the idea of waiting for the miracle vaccine and adopt thorough health procedures backed by local contents with proven scientific solutions as applicable to the adaptations in different territories” he said.

Below is his full speech.

 

BEING A TEXT OF SPEECH DELIVERED BY THE PRESIDENT OF JOURNALISTS INTERNATIONAL FORUM FOR MIGRATION (JIFORM), AJIBOLA ABAYOMI, AT THE FOURTH SERIES OF VIRTUAL MIGRATION AND ECONOMIC SUMMIT OF JIFORM ON FRIDAY, MAY 29, 2020.

DEAR COLLEAGUES,
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN
It is indeed a great privilege for me to address you on this occasion.
Kindly permit me to first appreciate Professor Ikechukwu Kanu Anthony, the Rector of Villanova Polytechnic Imesi-Ile, Osun State, Nigeria, for his untiring efforts and support for JIFORM over the years.
He and our good friend, Deputy Comptroller Sunday James, the National Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria Immigration Service and others were at the inaugural international migration summit organised by JIFORM in Abuja in 2019 and have continued to be with us anytime we knock on their doors.
Please accept our appreciations.
We have come this far not by our strength but by the special grace of God and collective commitment.

This is the fourth edition of the virtual summit put together to enlarge the coarse of knowledge on migration and other related issues for our members.

Sessions are slated for May Friday 29 through Saturday May 30 as well as Friday June 5 and Saturday June 6, 2020 with speakers from within and outside Africa.

In as much as we shall continue along the path of seeking knowledge, much is expected from us in terms of quality delivery in our reportage because to whom much is giving, much is expected.
However, for JIFORM, this is just the beginning. Arrangements are already in place to move the summit around the globe as soon as the curve of Covid-19 is flattened.

Having said that, it is imperative for me to draw attention to the essence of this conference titled Migration: Remedies for Covid-19 and the economy.

For months, Covid-19 has largely affected the global way of life even the so called hardliners and religious extremists were forced to shift grounds on their cherished beliefs and positions.

The media environment was not an exception as newspaper, radio, television, online and other outfits are adjusting their expenditures. We need not to be told that difficult times are ahead of us.
It is an indisputable fact that both the developed and the under developed world are now on same scale giving the current happenings.

In so doing, we must join the rest of the world to take a position on the rampaging corona virus. It is either we live to fight and conquer the Covid-19 or we surrender to fear and allow the pandemic to have its way.

The first option seemed to be the way forward. We must unanimously resolve to set aside fear and defeat the dreaded disease for us to have assurances of better tomorrow.

Therefore, if that must be done, nations must put on their thinking caps and look for remedies to combat the disease and the dwindling global economic situation.

The numbers of infected persons across the world are already in millions while the death rate is increasing daily. We must be bothered and look for solutions.

Without pre-empting the position of some of our speakers, I want to say without any contradiction that, we particularly, the Africans allowed ourselves to be soaked in the palliatives from the Western world and abandoned the need to invest in home grown capacities in health and infrastructure for years.

Hence, we are where we are, but it is not too late to catch up and do the needful.
The challenge posed by the herbal remedy for Covid-19 from Madagascar to the theory being propounded by the World Health Organisation (WHO) that the disease has no cure is worth giving a trial.

At least, the nation has evidences in the numbers of the recoveries of the infected victims.
I must state at junction that giving the soaring numbers of deaths occasioned by the covid-19, it is only sensible for nations to jettison the idea of waiting for the miracle vaccine and adopt thorough health procedures backed by local contents with proven scientific solutions as applicable to the adaptations in different territories.

Thanks to the decision of some countries to gradually ease the lockdown and resume normal life. That is the way to go so that we can jointly salvage the economy.

At the root of this pandemic is migration which was not properly managed when the disease broke out in Wuhan, China during the last quarter of 2019.

While it is unnecessary to continue to trade words whether Covid-19 is a form of bio-chemical weapon unleashed on the globe by China for reasons yet to be ascertained, we should concentrate our energies on finding solutions.

Let me leave the rest to the guest speakers as we look forward to another worthy encounter with them to improve ourselves.

 

Thank you for your attention

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