Social Intervention during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Social Intervention during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Nse-VI hands out cash palliative to members while providing hand sanitizers to security operatives on lockdown duty.

In a show of responsibility and service to our society (SoS), the Nigeria Society of Engineers Victoria Island Branch (NSE-VI) has exhibited leadership towards her members and the general public during this necessary but biting COVID-19 Lockdown. The realities of the Corona virus-induced lockdown is telling on Nigerians, especially those who earn their wages daily and live from hand to mouth. On Sunday, 29th day of March 2020, Nigeria’s President Muhammadu BUHARI ordered a total lockdown of Lagos State, Ogun State, and Federal Capital Territory for an initial period of 14 days. In a follow-up address on Sunday, 12th day of April, 2020, the President extended the lockdown by another two week until 30 April, 2020.

Chairman of NSE-VI, Engr. John AUDU, FNSE, hands out sanitiser to Security Officers along Lekki – Epe Expressway

At the advent of the initial lockdown period, the NSE-VI set out to procure and distribute 500 bottles of hand Sanitisers to security operatives who are enforcing the lockdown on our major roads and highways. The Engineers body thought it wise that lockdown checkpoint exposes security officers to contact with persons and so makes them susceptible to a Coronavirus carrier. The use of hand Sanitisers before and after each contact can help reduce the spread of such. NSE VI Branch distributed five hundred bottles of 100ml hand sanitiser to security officers spotted along Victoria Island – Lekki – Epe expressway, Akin Adesola – Falomo bridge, and Adeniji interchange of the 3rd Mainland bridge. Security operatives who received the sanitiser were appreciative as shown in the pictures in set.

Internal Auditor of NSE-VI, Engr. Austyne DURU MNSE, on SoS duty with Security Operatives at Falomo Bridge Armoured Checkpoint.

On another front, hand sanitisers were given to security operatives at GTB Headquarters ATM gallery at Adeyemo Alakija Street Victoria Island. The officers both armed and unarmed showed appreciation to NSE VI Engineers for the kind gesture and thoughtfulness to guard against the spread of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Similarly, a few market women at Oyingbo Market also received hand sanitisers, although some of them did not know what a hand sanitiser was or how it helps to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. There is a need to do more sensitisation for our market women, especially the older ones who have lower immunity to pandemic such as COVID-19.

A sample of 100ml Hand Sanitiser Procured from New Idea Pharmacy & Stores, Awoyaya Lekki.

Upon the extension of the COVID-19 social distancing lockdown period by another fourteen (14) days, the Executive Committee of NSE Victoria Island Branch (NSE-VI), under the leadership of Engr. John AUDU, FNSE, decided to implement a cash palliative for her most vulnerable members – youths and SMEs. The NSE-VI COVID-19 Palliative Scheme aims to credit five thousand naira (N5,000) to account numbers of interested members. It is implemented as a first come first serve programme that targets to support fifty members of the Engineering body. In this scheme, the Engineers who are interested in receiving the token indicated through an online registration process that takes approximately one minute to fill a form or send an SMS to a specified contact number. The social intervention programme is in line with the Enhanced Welfare Initiative of the Engr. John AUDU, FNSE led ExCo of NSE Victoria Island Branch (NSE-VI).

Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) Victoria Island Branch (NSE-VI) has always shown concern for the general public and her members. The current dispensation has already implemented her Adopt-a-University programme by awarding a Five Hundred Thousand (N500,000) endowment fund at Lagos State University (LASU) Engineering Faculty in Epe, Lagos State. The branch has set up an NSE-VI Innovation Fund, dubbed NIF, which has targets to pool Twenty-Five Million Naira (N25,000,000) through members and corporate organisations within the Victoria Island branch coverage area. The engineering body intends to spend the innovation fund towards developing products that solves local Nigerian challenges. NSE-VI is repairing damaged furniture in LASU Engineering Faculty lecture halls, an further¬† action of putting action to our words.¬† Other social services executed by the NSE-VI include public symposiums held to address Electricity, Traffic Congestion, and Housing Deficit. These programmes are part of the Engineering body’s Service to our Society (SoS) initiative.

Pictures from the event.

 

Bottle of Hand Sanitizer
Policewoman receiving hand sanitizer
Policeman using hand sanitizer
An LNSC Officer Using His Sanitiser.

 

 

Police Officers Receiving Sanitiser.

 

Cartons of Hand Sanitiser for Distribution.

About the author.

Engr. Austyne DURU is a nation builder, public affairs analyst and philanthropist. As a thought leader, he plays strategic planning & execution roles in numerous professional organisations including the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) Victoria Island Branch, Nigerian Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers (NIEEE) Division of NSE, and Institution of Electrical Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Nigerian Chapter. He is a practicing licenced Engineer in Nigeria with nearly twenty (20) years of experience as ‘Intrapeneur’ and Entrepreneur. He is the founder of MODULUS Technologies Limited, and Executive Director at GIVERS Educational Foundation. Send enquiries to duruac64@gmail.com or call 0818 0 GIVERS, 0804 MODULUS or WhatsApp 0802 222 4632.

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