The immediate past Governor of Zamfara State, Dr. Abdul Aziz Yari, has called on the Federal Government to relax the total lockdown order ongoing in Lagos, Ogun States and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT,
aimed to curb spread of the dreaded coronavirus, COVID-19 pandemic, saying the measure has recorded significant achievements.
Dr. Yari, noted that step taken by the Federal Government so far, served significantly to slow the spread of the pandemic, hence making the call to ease the lockdown imperative.
The former governor observed in the statement issued by his media aide, Mayowa Oluwabiyi, in Abuja, yesterday that “Further freeze on economic activities will be counterproductive as the instinct to survive for many of the people who are basically poor will frustrate compliance.
Dr. Yari believed that such a development could undermine the gains already made.
He therefore suggested that instead of continued lockdown, the face-mask should be made compulsory as people return to work as well as social distancing, hand washing and aggressive use of hand sanitizers should also be mandatory.
Dr. Yari, however, hailed the recent broadcast of the President, Muhammadu Buhari to the nation as “Being quite reassuring as it touched on the fundamentals, noting too that it was impossible for the president to address every issue in a single broadcast.”
‘The most important thing is that delegated officials are delivering on their mandate very well.
“ I am happy the president offered to increase the number of people than can benefit from the Conditional Cash Transfer programme by another one million individuals.
“Given our population that is quite small but again it is a question of capacity, Nigeria does not have the capacity to undertake catering to everyone at this point. Right now, it is best for us to be a lot more understanding.”
Source: News update