A former governor of Zamfara State, Alhaji Abdul-Aziz Yari, has called on the Federal Government to ease the total lockdown placed on Abuja Lagos, and Ogun states due to the COVID-19 pandemic, reports Punch.
Yari opined that the measures so far taken by the government had not slowed the spread of the pandemic.
He stated that freezing economic activities further would be counterproductive “as the instinct to survive by many people who are basically poor would frustrate compliance.”
According to a statement on Saturday by Yari’s spokesperson, Mr Mayowa Oluwabiyi, the former governor advised that the lockdown should be relaxed, while the use of face masks should be made compulsory for people to return to work.
“Social distancing, hand-washing and aggressive use of hand sanitisers should also be mandatory,” he said.
On the individual disposition of states as to how best to handle the pandemic, Yari cautioned against “solo approach” but suggested a coordinated action for a more effective result that would benefit the entire country with minimal room for resurgence.
Yari, however, hailed the recent broadcast of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd) to the country, describing it as reassuring.
“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 that can benefit from the Conditional Cash Transfer programme by another one million individuals,” he said.