COVID-19: Provide Relief Materials For The Vulnerable To Ensure Full Compliance With Lockdown, Says CAIDOV
By Bukar Bolori
The federal government and the governments of Lagos, Ogun and Federal Capital Territory have been advised to ensure adequate relief materials are distributed to all vulnerable and needy persons for full compliance with the lockdown.
President Muhammadu Buhari in a broadcast to the nation on Monday extended the lockdown of Lagos, Ogun and FCT by another 14 days to checkmate the spread of COVID-19 in the country.
Reacting to the extension in a press release on Tuesday, Executive Director of
Centre Against Injustice and Domestic Violence (CAIDOV), Comrade Gbenga Soloki said adequate relief materials should be provided for the people of the two states and the federal capital territory so that the desired results expected will be achieved at the end of the 14 days extension announced by the president.
He equally called on the police and other security agencies to ensure proper policing of the affected states by ensuring street urchins who are disturbing the peace of Ogun and Lagos states are dealt with.
The CAIDOV boss appealed to residents of Lagos and Ogun to obey the lockdown order of the government as it’s an attempt at defeating the deadly Corona virus ,but also call on the states to ensure that no vulnerable person is left out of the relief packages being shared.
He however commended the two state governors for the first tranche of relief materials distributed, but noticed that there were so many loopholes witnessed.
He specifically applauded Governor Babajide Sanwwoolu for accepting the fact that the efforts of the Lagos state government was sabotaged, describing the statement from the governor as Hallmark of sincere leadership.
Soloki said: “In reacting to the extension order of the lockdown in Lagos and Ogun states for another 14 days, we want to appeal to the federal and state governments to ensure that adequate relief materials are provided for the residents of the affected state for the lockdown to be effective. It will be exercise in futility if the people are not properly catered for, yet the governments expect compliance.”
“Compliance will be difficult to get if the people who are prevented from embarking on their daily activities where they eke their living. Government at this point in time ,must be responsible and responsive,only a heartless government will lockdown it’s people for about a month without commensurate palliative measures in place. Ogun and Lagos Governors should ensure the people that are locked down are catered for”, he maintained.
He appealed to the people to exercise patience and follow the directives being given by the government and the health experts in order to avoid the spread of the virus in the country.