Nigeria Coronavirus: Don’t extend lockdown, NLC tells FG

Nigeria Coronavirus: Don’t extend lockdown, NLC tells FG


The Nigeria Labour Congress has called on the federal to not extend the lockdown order on COVID-19, warning that doing so might cause social unrest within the affected states and also the Federal Capital Territory.

In a letter addressed to the chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and dater April 14, 2020, which was signed by the NLC president, Ayuba Wabba, the union also frowned at the strategy employed by the FG within the distribution of the palliative measure, calling for the expansion of the initiative to all or any Nigerians full of the pandemic.



The union said, “While we understand the general public health imperatives for extending the lockdown in some parts of the country, it's also important to underscore the actual fact that the states currently under total lockdown are the economic and administrative nerve centres of Nigeria.

“This is incredibly dicey. the maximum amount because it is very important to stay many Nigerians from dying within the hands of coronavirus, loss of income and also the accompanying destitution can even be a pathfinder for varied other sicknesses and deaths. this can be the time to play the balancing game.

“The truth is that our economy might relapse into prolonged coma if the present lockdown within the nation’s nerve centres goes beyond the present extension.

“There were widespread acts of direct action, inducement of enforcement agents to realize passes and even various types of violent crimes.

“No one is certain how long this dam would hold. We fear that true will get out of hand if the lockdown exceeds one month.

“While we commend government for being proactive, we opine that the stimulus package would be best served through consultation with social partners.

“Labour and personal sector employers have an honest understanding of industries where jobs and production are in most danger.”

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