By Njideka Eze
It is no longer news that The Covid-19 Pandemic has been on rampage, bringing social, religious and economic activities to a halt. Today, cities which used to be the hubs of major economic activities have been shut down all over the World. We now have deserted streets and ghost cities as their occupants have compulsorily retired to their homes in obedience to a lockdown Directive as a way to curtail the spread of the viral disease.
In Nigeria, States have also adopted the Lockdown approach, going further to close all of their borders to curtail inter-state vehicular movements. What this means therefore is that transporters, traders, civil servants, artisans and even politicians now stay with their families at home in observance of this Directive. Now, as families are forced to stay together in a period of pestilence and lack, how do they cope? Are families better managed now? While some argue that too much of bonding reduces affection and interest, many others think that the lockdown is actually nice in building Family strengths. Let us see how it has affected Nigerian families.
- Effective management of available resources.
These days, families come together to share the available resources at their disposal. Foods are prepared together and distributed accordingly to reflect the economic squeeze. Families no longer move around in different cars and this has reduced the incidences of waste on fuel.
- Reduced cases of Infidelity.
Spouses now stay at home and can hardly move out. This has reduced the incidences of accusations of Infidelity among them. Issues arising from late or long office hours, unholy meetings with secretaries and PAs, hang outs with colleagues are gone as everybody is stuck at home with their spouses.
- Kids have never had it so good.
The lockdown has afforded them the opportunity to enjoy the most sought after presence of their ever busy parents. We know what obtained in the past where parents, due to their work schedules, hardly had time for their children and wards. Lagos is awash with stories about parents who leave for work at 4.am and return at 11pm. This scenario has denied these parents the time and space to raise responsible kids. But the lockdown though unsolicited, has changed everything. Parents now have the chance to know their kids and of course give them the training they deserved.
- The lockdown has also enabled parents and spouses to sit down and make beautiful plans for their families.
Quarrels have been settled. Existing problems have received the ultimate attention and general atmosphere for bonding has been created.
Overall, while we did not ask for this painfully unprecedented global issue, we clearly understand that a lockdown is a necessary evil. It has afforded us the opportunity to reset our priorities, make better plans, save costs, minimise wastages and an avenue for family bonding. Families should take advantage of this situation irrespective of the pains therein.
Every situation comes with some consequences. It has been postulated by some Reproductive Health Experts that this Family Bonding period might come with an increase in human population in months to come. As population explosion becomes imminent, Families and indeed Governments are as well expected to place their priorities right.