Dr Joe Okei-Odumakin, President, Centre for Change, has advised the Federal and State Governments to commence door-to-door delivery of relief materials as a better way of reaching vulnerable Nigerians during the lockdown.
Okei-Odumakin gave the advice in a statement issued in Lagos on Tuesday.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that President Muhammadu Buhari, on Monday extended the lockdown in the Federal Capital Territory, Lagos and Ogun States by 14 days to contain the spread of Coronavirus in the country.
Buhari had, on March 29, ordered the lockdown for an initial period of 14 days, while several states had also introduced similar restrictions.
Okei-Odumakin explained that the relief materials could be delivered effectively through the services of logistics companies for equitable distribution.
She said that government palliatives had not worked effectively.
Okei-Odumakin said the lockdown extension announced during the national broadcast by President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday might be inevitable because of where the country was with COVID-19 pandemic.
She said: “It was observed that the mood of the president in his latest broadcast was different from what it was 14 days ago.
“Besides, we also expect the government agencies working on the COVID-19 pandemic to positively change their style in like manner.
“The government should also look at palliative measures that can reach a wider layer of the society like a waiver on electricity bill.
“Government needs to get back to the drawing board while the people should be ready for more sacrifices but with support from government,’’
Okei-Odumakin added that the level of insecurity had become intolerable and the security forces must face this presently.
She noted that government at all levels must avert a total breakdown of law and order, saying that they should also be alive to their responsibilities to citizens.
She advised Nigerians to obey the stay-at-home order to stay safe, imbibe personal hygiene and ensure social distancing to avert the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country. (NAN)
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