THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 : TOTAL LOCK-DOWN IN MAJOR CITIES OF RIVERS STATE.

ABA ROAD, PORT HARCOURT

The Government of Rivers State declared “TOTAL LOCKDOWN” in the city of Port Harcourt and Obio-Akpor Local Government Area on Monday (4th May 2020) to take effect on Thursday (7th May 2020). Today (9th May, 2020) is Day Three of the Lockdown and the experience has been awful. These are the two major cities in the State. The painful part of the Lockdown is that the Government did not provide adequate palliative measures in place for the citizens. The shops, Markets and existing businesses shutdown, because of the Lockdown. The big question, is how will Citizens survive? This is a city, an urban area. The Lock-down is indefinite and the Governor patrols the city and arrest defaulters, charge them to Mobile court and get them apprehended. Confiscate their properties and warn them of demolishing any building that accommodate buying and selling. This is too harsh. Inflicting pain., hardship and hunger among her citizens what is the future of the vulnerable and indigents.

Public Opinion:

Kelechi Uzoma (Resident of Oroworokwu in Port Harcourt City); This is an Eye-witness account; in her words, she said “How can Government Lockdown a whole city without providing a palliative. It came suddenly, people, didn’t have time to stock up. There are more subsistence earners than monthly income earners, so, it is a very big challenge. Government should relax the Lockdown as a matter of urgency, before citizens starts losing their lives out of hunger. Again, if there happen to be extension of the Lockdown, Government should be ready to make proper plans to sustain citizens, otherwise there could be revolt. As a worker, it hasn’t been easy staying at home. Lock-up in darkness without power, is also a terrible experience. What if the people the revolts, what happens? There is a good part of the lockdown, I had to bond with neigbours, read books on mental health and built up and so on, but the effects of the lockdown on health, is unimaginable. I had an experience this morning while jogging, I was arrested by the Nigerian Police. The Serap Nigeria (SERAPNigeria) has asked Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike of Rivers State to stop using the #COVID19 Pandemic to trample on the RIGHTS of Nigerians. SERAPNigeria (A Human Right Organization) emphasized, that, Rivers State Authorities should stop violating the Rights of people!

Smith Nwokocha Reporting

THIS REPORT IS SUPPORTED BY RORY PECK TRUST

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