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As COVID-19 continues to ravage the world and cause on untold hardship on Nigerians, a governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State and former Deputy Clerk to the National Assembly, Olayide Adelami has expressed dissatisfaction with the failure of the state government to start deploying palliative measures to the people to cushion the effects of stay-at-home order.
Adelami regretted that the state government is yet to devise a plan for equitable distribution of resources to cushion the effects of the covid-19 pandemic.
The governorship hopeful who made the call in a Press Statement in Akure, the Ondo State capital, called on the Oluwarotimi Akeredolu-led Ondo state government to roll out palliative measures and create food bank to support the people, most especially the vulnerable ones.
“Now that their income has been blocked with the present shutdown and no hope of income from any other means, the Ondo state government needs to step in, mandate the relevant agency to capture their data and begin the distribution of resources to support this sector.
“Anything short of this could mean an invitation to starvation and depression for a large percentage of the state’s populace.”
He said the informal sector, comprising people mainly into commercial and agricultural activities should not be left to suffer when health officials are asking people to stay at home to contain the spread of the deadly virus.
“The informal sector would be badly hit should the sit-at-home order persists which looks inevitable as there seems to be no end in sight to the pandemic. While government workers and their counterparts in the private sector are assured of getting paid at the end of the month, same cannot be said about members of the informal sector who only depend on daily proceeds from their trades to fend for themselves and their families,” he said.
Adelami also stressed the need for the Ondo government to start preparing for the post-COVID-19 looming economic meltdown being forecast by global economists.
“This pandemic has also shown that there is a need for states in Nigeria to start diversifying and not rely on revenue from Abuja. After the crisis, there is bound to be a shortfall in the monthly allocation states receive from Abuja as world economy will be badly affected, in order not to be caught unaware, Ondo needs to start thinking outside the box on how to generate revenue to keep the state running,” he advised.
He urged the people of the state and Nigerians to stay safe and observe all the precautionary measures put in place by government and health officials to curb the spread of the virus.
Adelami commended the Federal Government and the Lagos state government for how they are effectively managing and containing the spread of the virus in Nigeria.