Olawale Ajimotokan in Abuja
The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/ Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (UNAIDS) announced yesterday in Abuja that it would distribute two million packs of condoms to fans at the World Cup in Brazil next month to stem the risk of contacting HIV and other sexually transited diseases.
The donation is under the Protect the Goal Campaign aimed at controlling new HIV Infections and curtailing AIDS related deaths.
The Senior Adviser to the Executive Director and Director of the Global Outreach Office at UNAID, Dr Djibril Diallo said at the event launch held in collaboration with National Agency on the Control of Aids, (NACA) that the United Nations will give out thousands of condom packs to fans at the World Cup to protect them.
But the President of Nigeria Football Supporters’ Club, Dr Rafiu Ladipo, said the UN gesture would barely meet fans’ demand for one day.
Ladipo said that football fans coming to the World Cup would require a cache of about 62 million packs of condoms.
‘’ Are you kidding? Two million condoms will be exhausted in just a day. We must provide more for fans because we are going to Brazil without our wives where we intend to spend on the average of 31 days,’’ Ladipo declared.
The Protect the Goal campaign was launched in March in South Africa with a match between the Bafana Bafana and Brazil.
South Africa President Jacob Zulu signed the ball to promote the campaign.
President Goodluck Jonathan launched the programme in Abuja yesterday.
Diallo said that Jonathan has been invited as the special guest to hand the ball over to President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff on June 2 in Salvador, Bahia, when the global phase of the ball tour kicks off.
Also in September, Jonathan and other world leaders will hand the ball to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon designated as the permanent custodian of the ball.
The ball which arrived Nigeria from Cameroon will travel to Ivory Coast, Ghana and Algeria before flying to Mexico on May 25 where the country’s president will present it to all the 32 nations that will feature at the World Cup.
NACA Director General Professor John Idoko said UN developed the awareness campaign because Nigerians are crazy about football.