By Tony Akowe, Abuja
Lawmakers from the principle opposition Peoples Democratic Celebration (PDP) within the Home of Representatives has warned in opposition to lifting the lockdown imposed on nation on account of the covid 19 pandemic, saying it will quantity to leaving Nigerians to their destiny.
The opposition lawmakers described the choice as insensitive, callous and counterproductive, stating it was motivated by financial causes when authorities was but to develop a coverage to engagement in public locations.
The PDP lawmakers mentioned extra two -week was required to allow the federal government develop the required insurance policies in accordance with the provisions of the Nigerian structure as the federal government has failed to make use of interval of the lockdown to arrange.
In an announcement by the Chief of the PDP Caucus within the Home, Rep. Kinksley Chinda, the opposition lawmakers need the federal government to impose one other two weeks lock down within the nation and use the interval to arrange testing centres throughout the nation earlier than lifting the lockdown.
The lockdown is anticipated to be partially lifted on Monda with chosen companies anticipated to begin opening for regular operation whereas interstate motion is to be banned.
Whereas condemning the choice to chill out the lockdown particularly in Lagos, Ogun and the FCT, the PDP caucus chief expressed issues in regards to the unfold of the virus.
“That is no doubt a really callous, insensitive and most unlucky response by the Federal Authorities. The one believable various to that is that the federal government has run out of concepts on what to do
“Moreover, out there proof and statistics from the Nigeria Centre for Illness Management (NCDC) present that Nigeria is way from successful the combat in opposition to Covid-19, as even throughout the lockdown, quite than scale back, the casualty charge and variety of people who have examined constructive to the virus is rising on day by day bases
“Clearly, this must be a matter of nice concern to all affordable and properly which means individuals, no matter political, non secular or tribal affiliations and/or issues.
“Recall that Within the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, President Muhammadu Buhari on March 30th 2020 with impact from 31st March, declared two weeks lockdown in Lagos, Ogun and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) as a part of measures to comprise the unfold of the dreaded virus.
“Nevertheless, following the rise within the variety of instances within the States and the FCT, the lockdown order was prolonged by one other two weeks to elapse on third Could, with gradual easing with impact from Monday 4th Could.
“To this finish, the Federal Authorities directed that banks and authorities workplaces reopen for enterprise.
Additionally recall that the directive from the workplace of the Head of Service of the Federation “that civil servants on grade ranges 14 and above report and work 3 times weekly on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 8am-2pm day by day whereas monetary Establishments like banks introduced resumption of operations from Monday 4th Could 2020.
“As a caucus within the Home of Representatives, “we’re deeply anxious about this and accordingly hereby specific in very sturdy and unambiguous phrases our utmost dismay, concern and whole opposition to the stance of the Federal Authorities to prematurely chill out and/or raise the lockdown order within the affected locations earlier talked about, and to hurriedly ask staff again to their workplaces, whereas the virus proceed to ravage our individuals and our cities.
“We start to surprise if the Authorities had no plans when it ordered the lockdown as lockdowns usually are not ordered for the enjoyable of it however to curtail the unfold and permit authorities time to place in place polices and measures to be adopted in public locations to verify additional unfold and handle the affected instances, while deploying gear to completely different elements of the nation and likewise finishing up large take a look at, hoping that inside 14 days incubation interval that residents are in isolation, a lot of the instances can be ripe, traced and managed.
“Sadly, whereas the lockdown was on, our authorities went to sleep on their core duties and was busy mouthing palliatives with out seen motion taken.
“Additionally instructive to notice is that while declaring a rest of the lockdown order, past the standard marketing campaign on handwashing; use of hand sanitizers, facemasks and social distancing, the Federal Authorities clearly didn’t put in place some other efficient measure designed to cease the unfold of the dreaded virus”.