The COVID-19 pandemic has affected countries all over the world. As a member of JA Worldwide, JA Nigeria has relied on information from colleagues in affected countries around the world to better prepare our staff, students and stakeholders for the eventuality of the disease reaching Nigeria. In light of increasing cases in Nigeria and the government’s decision to shut down schools, we have decided to suspend all programs until further notice.
As an organization that values all our stakeholders, we remain committed to the safety of our staff, students, volunteers, teachers, partners and supporters. We are intentional about providing adequate safety precautions and these are being reviewed and implemented internally.
Although this will affect the overall JA Nigeria calendar, some of the immediate programs affected include the following:
• All Women’s History Month programs slated for March
• The annual Global Money Week and Financial Literacy Day exercise in partnership with the Central Bank and Bankers’ Committee of Nigeria
• Google Online Safety Roadshow
New dates for these programs will be announced once there is more clarity around the situation. All online programs will continue as scheduled.
We are also aware of the impact COVID-19 is having on businesses around the globe. However, this is not a time to panic. As the leading network of innovative student entrepreneurs, we look forward with much excitement to the innovations our students will develop as they utilize technology to create solutions to the problems caused by this disease.
We encourage all stakeholders to take all the necessary precautions by doing the following:
• Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly for at least 20 seconds
• Avoid touching your face
• Practice social distancing
• Cough and sneeze into elbows
• Only trust news and updates from verified sources such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Nigerian Center for Disease Control (NCDC)
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