A conglomeration of Civil Society Groups under the banner National Civil Society Council of Liberia on Friday April 24, 2020 Launched its task force on COVID-19 Response.
Speaking Friday at the launching program was Atty. Tonia Wiles, Commissioner of the Independent National Commission on Human Rights who admonished the Civil Society bodies to be more vigilant in executing their duties.
Atty. Wiles said during the fight against the COVID-19 crisis in Liberia it is paramount to identify human rights violations, identify them and pay attention to specific people including children, older folks and the disable community.
She urged the CSO groups not to compete with national government during its COVID-19 response exercise rather they should help to complement government effort in the complete interest of the nation and its people.
However, the Human Rights Commissioner wants national Government to help support the Civil Society Council initiative because the crisis is a national endeavor.
The initiative which she noted is laudable but at the same time called on the civil society council to extend such key initiative to all parts of the Country.
Providing an overview of the Civil Society Council COVID-19 response at the program was the chairperson Loretta A. Poke-Kai who highlighted transparency and accountability in the fight which she stressed is key.
She said the harnessing of civil society expertise couple with concerted efforts in the fight, they will achieve its objective.
Madam Poke-Kai encouraged her colleagues to be steadfast, report human rights violations among others as they engage into the new endeavor.
At the same time, she urged donor partners to help in assisting them in the area of accountability and transparency issues in their response activities.
Meanwhile she commended President George Weah for including the Civil Society Council into the food and ration committee something she noted is welcoming in the fight.
It can be recalled that civil society groups were very instrumental in the fight against the Ebola virus something they are optimism can be repeated especially in the COVID-19 fight with collective effort and team work spirit.