As the lockdown continues par-Rubean Abati

As the blockades continue, families lose their resources or become in debt, while an epidemic of empty pockets continues to spread.

A pandemic of poverty so true, especially in developing countries where there are no social safety nets or unemployment benefits and, combined with an epidemic of COVID-19, the consequences for society can be fatal.

Meanwhile, governments and citizens of many African countries are discussing whether a long – term blockade can help stop the spread of COVID-19 and how Africa can adapt its strategy to the continent’s fundamental realities.

In Africa, for example, has a massive population of self-employed workers in the informal sector, army, drivers, motorcycle Riders, hairstylists, head, hair stylists: visa, master artisans, and tradesmen are working every day to earn a living. Now you are stuck in the house; it is not in a position to take care of themselves.

His domestic economy has been violated.

His daily income has been erased. While the rich have savings and financial reserves, the poor, who rarely save and rarely have a surplus to save for the rainy day, because it rains every day, is the weakest.

As a result, as in Nigeria, many people are beginning to doubt the blocking order and the government’s determination to maintain it.

Hungry and angry people can look through the streets of Lagos and ask for food and money or threaten to attack the rich.

There’s a crisis of social unrest. Entrepreneurs are also beginning to suggest that it would be better to relax the restrictions to enable companies to operate.

Nigeria recorded its first index case on 27 February. On 29 March, President Muhammadu Buhari announced the closure of Ogun, Lagos and FCT. Then the states set the curfew from sunset to sunrise and closed the borders.

But where’s the engagement?

Should we lift the blockade and reopen companies so that people can keep their jobs and companies can make a profit?

I do not believe in the argument that companies should be reopened.

We need to avoid the mistake Mayor William Randolph Mills made in 1918 in Denver, Colorado, United States. Denver was closed for five weeks during the Spanish flu, but when the contractors started putting pressure on the mayor, claiming that the plague was under control and that life should return to normal once mayor Mills is dead.

It was the city’s decision. More people died, 8,000 in all.

Nigeria must be careful not to imitate it. It’s better to be patient than the patient.

The desire to protect or attract investment must not replace the need to protect people from themselves.

Rueben Abati

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