Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, the Senate Minority Leader, representing Abia South has warned the Federal Government led by President Muhammadu Buhari not to extend the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown in Lagos, Ogun and Abuja.
The Senator sounded the note of caution against the planned extension of a nationwide lockdown over COVID-19 pandemic in a statement issued on Saturday by his Media Adviser, Uche Awom.
According to Senator Abaribe, further extension of the present lock down would rather ignite a major economic and security crisis that could hurt Nigerians majority of who depend on daily earnings for sustenance.
Abaribe said, “I will rather opt for a cautious and guided lifting of the lockdown where the existing measures like, protective barriers such as compulsory wearing of face masks, sanitizers, and other associated sanitary conditions and personal hygiene are enforced in public places.
“Aside from the above, daily disinfection of halls, rooms, vehicles, vessels, surroundings et’al, must become the new normal. Doing these would definitely tamp the hot air and guide our people to resume their normal life.
“My fear is that the majority of our people in the informal sector are daily earners hence their survival is predicated on their going out daily if they must survive. Our people operate mostly in the commercial sector, I have the feeling that further extension of the lockdown would hurt the people the more,” he added.
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