Lockdown: Government palliatives not working, says Dr. Joe •Suggests better ways of reaching vulnerable Nigerians

Posted by News Express | 15 April 2020 | 799 times

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•President, Centre for Change, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin

President, Centre for Change, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin, has described the extension of the lockdown for another two weeks by President Muhammadu Buhari as “inevitable because of where we still are with COVID-19.”

She, however, advised government agencies working on the COVID-19 pandemic “to positively change their style” noting: “Government palliatives have not worked and you cannot say you are sustaining what is not working.”

Suggesting the way out, Dr. Joe said: “There are better ways of reaching vulnerable Nigerians through the services of logistics companies to commence doorstep-to-doorstep delivery of relief materials.

“The government should also look at measures that could reach a wider layer of the society like 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.”

According to the famous change agent, “The level of insecurity has become intolerable and the security forces must face this now, rather than the recourse to the bestial behaviour of beating, manhandling and extorting the vulnerables who are forced to venture out of their homes in search of what to eat.

“We must avert a total breakdown of law and order.

“While we appeal to people to continue making sacrifices, the government should also be alive to its own responsibilities to citizens for, as they say, it takes two to tango!”




Source: News Express

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