Oligbo Frowns At Anambra Govt’s Order To Close Markets 2 Weeks Without Palliative
Hon Amb Ike Oligbo frowns at Anambra State Government’s directive to close markets for two weeks without pronounced economic palliative measures
Yesterday the Anambra State government announced through the Secretary to the State Government, Prof Solo Chukwulobelu the government’s directive to close markets for 14 days with effect from 30th March, 2020.
While addressing his media team immediately after the announcement, Oligbo stated that “closing of all the markets in Anambra State without pronounced economic palliative measures is a complex area. It’s like choosing between a rock and a hard place.”
He emphasised that “isolation and social distancing is important to combat the Coronavirus pandemic however, with a Nigerian and Anambra population who are 90% poverty stricken, closing their source of daily livelihood and most times daily meal could produce a horrendous and negative results as the Coronavirus pandemic.”
He went ahead to disclose that “United States of America had released two trillion dollars as hardship payment to all those citizens that have lost their jobs and business while the United Kingdom has released £330 billion as of 17th February and released another £200 billion as of 26th March to help laid off workers and struggling businesses as the lockdown bites and destroys lives economically.”
In view of the above, Oligbo ponders “now the question is how would Anambra State government help the workers, businesses and labourers that most of the time live from hand to mouth on a daily basis and you ask them to stay at home and eat what?
Federal government reviewed down the cost of fuel from N145 to N125 but unfortunately filling stations are yet to comply with the directive even though the review ought to have been lower
Without palliative measures, crimes like kidnapping and armed robbery could hit the roof. This just won’t be easy”.
While noting that the lock down in US and UK are successful because of government’s palliative measures, Ike Oligbo canvases that before the implementation of the 30th March directive on closure of markets the State government should as a matter of urgency design and announce some economic stimulus workable in our environment, otherwise the directive shouId be reviewed.
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