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Why I Relaxed Lockdown – Obiano

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Governor Willie Obiano

Ganiyat Ganiyu 

Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State has said he relaxed the lockdown imposed on the state in order to prevent possible social unrest and hunger amongst the people of the state.

The governor in a statement by the Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, C-Don Adinuba on Monday said that striking a balance between protecting the economy and public health was imperative in the fight against the coronavirus disease.

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Obiano had on Saturday relaxed the lockdown in the state, four weeks after it was declared as part of efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus.

He, however, said that all borders of the state remain closed.

The statement read; “Like every other government, the Anambra State administration is bound to protect its people from the ravages of COVID-19 but it cannot afford to do so by unwittingly allowing millions of its people to die of hunger and starvation or by causing their businesses to collapse through an unmitigated lockdown.

“The 28 days of lockdown, when all markets were shut down, vehicular and human movements restricted, schools closed, traditional religious services suspended, funerals, wedding and title taking ceremonies practically stopped, have already taken an enormous toll on the people’s well being.

“Social unrest must be avoided. If people in developed nations could not accept more than three weeks of lockdown, despite the immense social safety nets for the poor and the huge amounts paid by governments directly to the citizens who lost their jobs in the wake of COVID-19, we can imagine what the most vulnerable in our society and elsewhere in Africa have been going through.”

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