Group calls for cultural change in dealing with coronavirus


The Center for Africa Development and Progress (CADeP) has called for attitudinal change in order to be able to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic effectively.

CADeP noted that the pandemic has become a leveller for all kinds of people, whether rich or poor.

The responses to the pandemic are simply the amplification of the dynamic forces that drive socio-economic and ecological crises, the group said in a statement.

“The way we relate with one another should fundamentally change with COVID-19, just like any pandemic which is partly a problem of our economic structure. Although the COVID-19 pandemic appears to be a global problem, and socially driven through advancements in technology with its repercussions on human existence cannot be over-emphasised. What has happened to the world requires a deliberate mental and environmental revolution among the nations emanating from this tiny virus.

“Therefore, tackling COVID-19 will be easier if economies reduce non-essential economic activities. Now, the epidemiology of the disease is quickly evolving and in these times of state protocols compelling people to observe social distancing, restricting the movement of people, banning public gatherings coupled with the closure of borders, many of non-essential activities have been curtailed.

“This pandemic places every human being on an equal level, and it requires affection with one another to compel people to refrain from displaying the posture of superiority or inferiority towards any race, colour or creed.

CADeP said: ?Where there’s a will, there’s a way. Now is the time for every one of us to review our own behaviour, the conduct that will accelerate you to go into action. You to become that best person, with good behaviour, you can inspire others as a true and responsible person. This behaviour will influence others just like the way the virus infects, and this will be the beginning of the ‘Pandemic’ Of Better Behaviours.

“This pandemic must be a great awakening to enable the people to humble themselves and shun undesirable tendencies toward one another. All humanity should learn the lesson to be kind and live exemplary lives by impacting society with their unique personalities.”