As Nigerians await to hear from the President of Nigeria Muhammed Buhari later in the day, there is quite growing aspirations among Nigerians towards the first phase easing of COVID 19 lockdown restrictions. There might not be a total lockdown but what are the aspirations of Nigerians? Before the aspiration, let’s examine the experience Nigerians has faced so far.
General markets in Lagos are allowed to open on designated days only, Bus transit and movement was on the high side ( tollgate – Agbado Ijiaye cost N200-300, Ojodu Berger – Obalende cost N300-400, Ojota – Yaba cost N400), drivers comply with the seating arrangement of half of their vehicle passengers but the question on their minds was the government told us to carry these specific number of passengers but the amount of ticket we pay remains still ( this is punishment, how do they expect us to cope). Neighbouring states Ogun shifted their lockdown measures for the third time in a row, leaving citizens to go out on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The last shift did not go down with many at all, while in dialogue with a Keke Napep driver, he expressed dismay over the shift. Quoting him, I work in Sango but because of the lockdown measures, it has not been easy for me. What kind of work will I have to do between 7 am and 2 pm? Another measure from the state government was saying Lagos workers residing in Ogun are not allowed to go to work, be an eye witness while going to Sango on a frequent basis in a week, By the time you are moving towards Alakuko, Ajegunle, there’s traffic. The first time I had to trek from Ajegunle to Tollgate, on getting there, there’s a blockage not allowing incoming vehicles into the state but vehicles are allowed to leave.
When we consider the bodies of Nigeria Medical Association and the general public, The Nigeria Medical Association still believes the reopening of the economy is a bad idea, this is quite true judging with the spike in the number of the infected. Just yesterday 17th May, a company in Oyo state was shut down due to the alarm that 30 staffs from the organisation tested positive. When we consider on the other hand the economy, it has been on a plummeting level. When we take a closer look at the gradual easing of the economy, we can say its a win-win for both the government and the citizens. We can’t stop highlighting the experiences of the first 2 weeks of the gradual easing without stating the positives which were the recovery of Abacha looted funds, 80% slash in Nafdac Registration for the next 6 months, Reappointment of a new Chief of Staff, Agricultural farming operation commenced in some parts of the countries, COVID 19 testing kits enhanced to 12,000, isolation centres capacity increased, Healing and Discharge of an estimate of 1000 patients and importation of the Madagascar Organics Cure e.t.c
The Aspirations from Citizens in Nigeria regarding what will our President Say this evening is quite huge and blank, I can’t say I know only the president has the prerogative. I am a citizen of Nigeria just like anyone out there, my aspiration while watching the President Task Force Chairman, Dr Sani Aliyu and the Minister of State for Education in an interview on Sunday Politics is a similar approach just like the first 2 weeks, my only concern is how will our educational institutions and examination bodies adapt in post-COVID-19 because the academic calendar has been greatly affected, primary school-leaving examination, Junior WAEC, SSCE, NECO, Semester Examinations, National Youth Service Corps, Industrial Training and Defense to mention a few.
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