The People’s Democratic Party PDP has come out to slam the federal government on the extension of the lockdown in the country. According to the party it is unrealistic for Nigeria to continue a lockdown with no necessary measures put in place. The party asked the government to look at it counterparts in Europe and asked if they are on the same pace as them.
The PDP said the continuous lockdown will work in a developed and functional society not a place like Nigeria that lacks a lot of infrastructure. “Nigeria’s COVID-19 response strategy, with terms such as aggressive enforcement of total lockdown, flattening of the curve, contact tracing, self-isolation, etc., is a very good strategy on paper but has been drawn in total disregard to our environment and circumstances.
“Complete lockdown, for example, may be useful and effective in developed economies and societies as exist in Europe and North America. But in our own environment, where infrastructure such as housing, public transportation, sanitation and water supply are, at best, rudimentary, a wholesale copy of the lockdown template as a strategy against the COVID-19 pandemic is as good as playing the ostrich.
“Self-Isolation, as another example, in most houses in our towns and cities, where tens of families stay in a house with only a toilet and tap, is neither possible nor practicable. The COVID-19 strategy sold to our President and his governors is alien to our circumstances, not practicable or sustainable and should be urgently jettisoned.”
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