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REVEALED: How COVID-19 exposed weakness of FG’s social welfare programmes

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REVEALED: How COVID-19 exposed weakness of FG’s social welfare programmes

 The hunger that followed the recent lockdown of Abuja, Lagos and Ogun states indicates many Nigerians are still poor despite the current administration’s promise to lift millions out of poverty, JOHN AMEH reports.


Barely one month of a lockdown of Abuja, Lagos and Ogun states, millions of Nigerians had become stricken with hunger. Many could not bear an extension of the movement restrictions.


Like many other countries of the world, the President, Maj Gen Muhammadu Buhari(retd), had imposed the lockdown to check the spread of the deadly coronavirus pandemic.

However, protests by the majority living on daily incomes were proofs that they could not bear the shutdown! Protests over hunger were reported in several locations while crime wave soared.


The situation was not helped by either the lack of the promised palliatives or the confusion that attended the poor coordination of the distribution of what eventually came as cups of rice, beans, noodles, bread and confectionery across many states.


Indeed, many state governors were either hesitant or completely opposed to the idea of a lockdown, clearly telling the Federal Government that their inhabitants were more likely to die of hunger than from COVID -19, if they were shut out of their daily earnings.

The governors of Kano, Bauchi and a number of others, openly kicked against a lockdown, in addition to admitting that the states did not have the resources to keep the people out of the streets for any reason.


Observers have said that it didn’t come as a surprise that the Nigeria Governors’ Forum mounted pressure on the Federal Government to modify its original plan for a nationwide lockdown, by replacing it with restriction on inter-state movements.

The governors of Kano, Bauchi and a number of others, openly kicked against a lockdown, in addition to admitting that the states did not have the resources to keep the people out of the streets for any reason.


Observers have said that it didn’t come as a surprise that the Nigeria Governors’ Forum mounted pressure on the Federal Government to modify its original plan for a nationwide lockdown, by replacing it with restriction on inter-state movements.



The NGF proposed that a relaxed lockdown-allowing for intra-state activities, night curfews, use of face masks and enforcement of social distancing-was preferable while respective state governors could identify measures workable within their domains.

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