CONVID 19 LOCK DOWN COVID 19 LOCK DOWN ORDER: WHAT’S HAPPENING INSIDE FCT.
Amidst the stay at home order in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Lagos and Ogun States as directed by the Federal Government, TEC News decided to monitor compliance of the residents especially in the FCT.
Along airport road, motorists were very few and security operatives ensures the barricade of road for interrogation of motorists to decide passage or be sent back.
TEC News observed that in Gwagwalada, the gateway city to FCT, which is on the express road and outskirt of Abuja town, there were vehicular moment though very few compared to the past.
Being a busy road that links Abuja to other states, vehicles of different types were seen plying the road these include trailers, buses and others carrying food items, industrial materials and herds among others.
Security operatives such as the Nigerian Police Force, Nigerian Army, and Nigerian Civil Defence Corps were on patrol while some of the security operatives tried to control the movement of commercial vehicles that were trying to pick passengers by the road sides. Bikes popularly called ‘Okada’ were also not left out in their businesses.
Shops in the Gwagwalada Area Council were however, under lock and key except for the shops dealing with food items, bread etc which were in line with the government order.
Recall that the President Muhammadu Buhari announced the shutdown of FCT and other two states with effect from 11pm on 31st March, 2020.
However, few traders such as food sellers, medicine stores etc were allowed to open, also the movement of security outfits, military and paramilitary, the media etc were not restricted.
Few residents interviewed by TEC News commended the government for the decision to shut down operation in the FCT which they said was a good decision in right direction to contain the coronavirus pandemic which is already taking its toll on the country.
They expressed their willingness to comply with the decision of the government decision and ready to comply, they however, lamented that the decision was sudden and did not allow them to make adequate preparation thereby resulting in unprecedented hunger among them.
They added that large numbers of them depend on daily income to feed their families but hunger would not easily permit them to stay at home if the government won’t help.
They pleaded with the government to alleviate the suffering in order to make the sit at home order effective.