PDP warns economic crisis may be worse than COVID-19 pandemic
Ekiti CP tasks police, others on respect for human rights
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has warned that the economic crisis that may occur as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic may be worse than the effects of the virus.
Chairman, PDP Lagos Chapter, Deji Doherty, said it’s quite apparent that the present government, headed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) was not working on all fronts and unproactive in their planning during this COVID-19 crisis.
Doherty said: “However, we must put away our partisan differences and work, think and speak in the interest of all Lagosians and Nigerians at large. I believe it is time to call on the Central Bank Governor, the Minister of Finance, the Presidential Economic Advisory Team and of course the bankers’ committee to urgently look into how economic stability can be achieved.”
He, therefore, wondered how businesses would pay salaries for work already done or work not done at all during the lock down period.
The PDP chairman also said that the economic backlash from the citizens and Lagos State residents would be unimaginable, because the various casual workers, such as drivers, cooks, tailors, barbers, taxi drivers and office workers, among others, might not be paid or record revenue during this period, and as such, would not be able to pay their rents, school fees, buy groceries and food to adequately sustain their families for the next couple of months.
In another development, following reported cases of alleged maltreatment of some residents by policemen and other security agents tasked to enforce the lockdown order in Ekiti State, the Police Commissioner, Mr. Asuquo Amba, has cautioned them against violating the rights of the people while enforcing the stay-at-home directive.
Amba, who applauded the residents for complying with the extension of the lockdown, said the strict adherence had reduced the level of arrests, contrary to what was witnessed in the first 14 days.
The CP, who spoke through the Command’s Public Relations Officer, Mr. Sunday Abutu, yesterday, said that he had been moving round the state since the extension to ensure that no citizen was molested by any security agent.
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