Media Centre for Safety Reporting of Nigeria (MCSR); the Certified Safety Reporters at the forefront of COVID-19 HSE reports, has called for immediate revocation of any tripartite or bilateral publicity contract existing between Actress Funke Akindele, Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC)and Reckitt & Benckiser- makers of Dettol range of products.
The foremost Health, Safety and Environment Communication Centre, certified by the Institute of Safety Professionals of Nigeria (ISPON) made this call through the Centre’s President, Mr John Thompson, during a brief interview with newsmen while monitoring the stay-at- home compliance in Lagos on Sunday.
The Nigeria Police had confirmed the arrest of Funke Akindele, popularly known as ‘Jenifa’ for violating the lockdown and crowd gathering order, enforce due to the coronavirus pandemic, by hosting a birthday party with her hubby at their Lekki residence in Lagos on Saturday.
Mr. Thompson, who condemned the act as “insensitive and hypocritical” questioned the legal and moral grounds for “such deadly frivolous behaviour at this period of global mourning”.
He said it will be “public deception and communication fraud” for the Funke to preach health and safety guidelines, including social distancing against COVID-19 scourge while making mockery of the life saving campaign at the same time.
The actress believed to be NCDC and Dettol brand ambassador for COVID-19, has appeared in several media platforms urging Nigerians to observe personal hygiene and social distancing inline with stipulated government regulations.
He further called on all media outlets to suspend the broadcasting, posting or publishing any publicity material with the actress on health and safety promo or adverts.
The penalty for contravening the Lagos Infection Diseases Regulations 2020 Edict, stipulates that: “Where there is a violation of a close- down or stay at home order, security Agencies shall have power to arrest without warrant and may detain any person who violated the closedown or stay at home order for at least forty- eight(48)hours”.
It reads further: “Where the arrested person is found guilty, the person is liable to a fine of One Hundred Thousand Naira (#100,000) or Three(3) months Community Service or One month imprisonment”