Rescind lockdown easing decision; Reps’ PDP Caucus tells Buhari

Caucus of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the House of Representatives, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to rescind his decision to relax the ongoing lockdown in Lagos, Ogun and the FCT, beginning from Monday, May 4, 2020.

The caucus in a statement signed by its leader, Hon. Kingsley Chinda, said it is particularly worried with the spread of the virus as human life is sacrosanct hence the need to preserve same becomes most paramount to any responsible individual, organization or government.

“It is very apparent that the government is clearly more concerned about the economic benefits of reopening an already weak and ailing  economy than the preservation of human life. This is without doubt  a very callous, insensitive and most unfortunate response by the Federal Government. The only plausible alternative to this is that the government has run out of ideas on what to do”, the Rivers State-born lawmaker stated.

According to Chinda, “available evidence and statistics from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) show that Nigeria is far from winning the fight against Covid-19, as even within the lockdown, rather than reduce, the casualty rate and number of those  tested positive to the virus is increasing on daily bases.

“Clearly, this should be a matter of great concern to all reasonable and well meaning persons, irrespective of political, religious or tribal affiliations and/or considerations”.

With President Buhari’s latest directive, Also recall that the the directive, civil servants on grade levels 14 and above  are expected to report and work three times weekly on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 8am-2pm, while financial Institutions like banks would resume operations for specified number of hours during the weekdays.

However, the House of Representatives PDP Caucus saiid “we are deeply worried about this and accordingly hereby express in very strong and unambiguous terms, our utmost dismay,  concern and total opposition to the stance of the Federal Government to prematuredly relax and/or lift the lockdown order in the affected places earlier mentioned, and to hurriedly ask workers back to their offices, while the virus continue to ravage our people and our cities”.

The caucus argued that it was expected of the government to put adequate measures in place, while the lockdown was ordered and subsequently expended, but the reverse seemed the case. “Unfortunately, while the lockdown was on, our government went to sleep on their core responsibilities and  was busy mouthing palliatives without visible action taken”, it said.

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