By Musa Sunusi Ahmad
The Ndigbo Elders Forum (NEF) has condemned the anti business policy of Lagos State Government of one-day on, one-day off of doing business to checkmate the spread of COVID-19 pandemic in the State.
The group said the hardship associated with the policy was enormous and economic disadvantage.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos had in addition to other protocols said markets in the state would operate their businesses on Mondays, Wednesday’s and Friday’s only.
The President of NEF Mr. Dede Uzor said the ill-motivated policy was targeted against Ndigbo and other tribes doing their legitimate business in Lagos State and called the governor revert to normal business period in the state.
They lamented that the over 8 million Ndigbo carrying out their legitimate businesses in Lagos State have been seriously affected by the obnoxious policy.
They said: “that such anti-people policy can never checkmate the spread of pandemic, rather it will help to compound it”.
NEF insisted that the policy, although targetted against Ndigbo and other visiting tribes would have serious negative impact on the economic developments of Lagos state now and even at long run since most investors are relocating to other states of the federation.
The group called on the Lagos State Government to without further delay reverse the ill-timed and obnoxious policy as well as apologise to the traders whose businesses have been seriously affected.
Said NEF “the Lagos State Government should release N100 billion palliative loans to the affected traders to assuage and cushion the untold hardship and suffering of the traders since the inception of the closure.
“They should introduce the normal Covid-19 protocols like washing of hands at the strategic market entrances, provision of sanitizers and compulsory wearing of facemask”
The group equally said that constant and aggressive testing for the traders will help in checkmating the spread of the virus in Lagos markets than the unpopular one-day and one-day off.