The Nigerian Air Force, NAF is set to airlift donated relief items from the Economic Community of West African States, (ECOWAS) worth 4,000kg to 14 West African countries. The items include laboratory diagnostic kits, Personal Protective Equipment, intensive care equipment as well as miscellaneous medical accessories.

The items also from partners such as Team Europe, the German Government, United Nations Development Programme, and the Deutsche Gesellschaft Fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit. would be airlifted by a seven-man NAF C-130 aircraft crew. 

The NAF said “The relief materials which will be distributed to the 14-member nations of ECOWAS, Nigeria inclusive, are in response to the spread of the second wave of COVID-19,” 

On Tuesday, Finda Koroma, the leader of the ECOWAS Delegation and Vice President of ECOWAS Commission, at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport stated that the need for essential medical supplies became necessary to enable ECOWAS countries to cope with increasing cases of infection.

“She noted that the first ECOWAS support to member states of critically needed medical supplies was in August 2020 and the efforts went a long way in ameliorating the shortages experienced in some vital materials required to curb the spread of the pandemic”

It was gathered that she said it is necessary as the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to increase, especially in West Africa. 

The Immediate past Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, has told the Senate that it will take Nigeria the next 20 years to address the security challenges confronting the country at the moment.

Speaking on Thursday when he appeared before the Senator Adamu Muhammad Bulkachuwa-led Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs for screening as an Ambassadorial Nominee, Buratai said that it will take 20 years to address this insecurity.

Speaking further, Buratai who noted that the warfare has diffused into the society, he said that if they have to win the communities to their side, adding that it requires a multi-pronged approach with military warfare as only one aspect.

He said, “The military alone cannot solve this. There should be hospitals, schools, roads and government presence in these communities. There are so many ungovernable spaces and until these spaces have government presence, it will not be resolved.”