COVID-19 Lockdown: Enugu residents demand palliatives

Enugu residents on Monday appealed to the State Government to provide the vulnerable amongst them with palliatives to cushion the effect of Coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown imposed in the state.

Some of the residents told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in separate interviews that the lockdown was the best preventive option, but demanded for what people would eat

Mr Mike Okwu, a resident of Amechi Road, Awkunanaw, said the lockdown had denied many of them means of livelihood as daily income earners.

Okwu added that it was the responsibility of every government to see to the welfare of its citizens, especially the vulnerable ones in the society.

Mr Jude Muoma, another resident, added that if palliatives were not provided to the citizens, some would result to stealing from others.


“I am not opposing lockdown in the state, if it is what will help to eradicating the virus, but government should rise to its responsibility by making the public not to feel the effect of the continued lockdown,” Muoma said.

Mrs Marbel Eboh, a resident of Achara Lay-Out, said as a hair stylist she depended on daily economic activities.

Eboh added that she was tired of the lockdown as she had little or no food and money in the house.

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Mr Ikechi Agu, a carpenter, said it had not been easy with him staying without income from his business for two weeks due to the lockdown.

“The lockdown had brought hardship as my carpentry work is now at stand still due to Coronavirus pandemic.

“At the moment, I am thinking of whom to borrow money from because the lockdown is now telling on me and my family due to lack of food in the house,” Agu cried.


Mrs Uju Eke, a retired teacher, also said that the vulnerable, especially motherless children, should be provided succour, adding that they needed food as the lockdown period continues. (NAN)



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