COVID-19: NLC writes Buhari on extension of lockdown
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has warned President Muhammadu Buhari against extension of lockdown regardless of extend in instances of Covid-19 in the country.
NLC in a letter signed through its President, Mr. Ayuba Wabba, stated there would probably be social unrest if the cutting-edge lockdown imposed on some states is extended.
Wabba advised Buhari to consider the welfare of Nigerians, as properly as insecurity earlier than making any decision.
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has warned President Muhammadu Buhari against extension of lockdown regardless of extend in cases of Coronavirus in the country.
NLC in a letter signed via its President, Mr. Ayuba Wabba, said there would probable be social unrest if the contemporary lockdown imposed on some states is extended.
Wabba urged Buhari to consider the welfare of Nigerians, as well as insecurity earlier than making any decision.
NLC warned that Nigeria’s economy may relapse into prolonged coma if the lockdown is prolonged past April 27.
The letter study in part: “While we recognize the public fitness imperatives for extending the lockdown in some components of the country, it is also very vital to underscore the reality that the states currently underneath total lockdown are the economic and administrative nerve centres of Nigeria.
“This is very dicey. As plenty as it is essential to hold many Nigerians from demise in the hands of coronavirus, loss of earnings and the accompanying destitution can additionally be a pathfinder for numerous different diseases and deaths. This is the time to play the balancing game.
The prolonged lockdowns are great high quality in the short-term, while with the medium to long-term, the human intuition to live to tell the tale would kick in and restraint might lead to the give way of law and order.
“No one is certain how long this dam would hold. We worry that the state of affairs will get out of hand if the lockdown exceeds one month.
“Beyond the risk of COVID-19 to fitness and life, there are also very actual threats to livelihood.
“Jobs are under threat. Many personnel are finding it challenging to source money to keep people at work and preserve the manufacturing lines. It has been projected that the socio-economic impact of COVID-19 would ripple on, at least, for the next two years.”
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