The Coronavirus outbreak has brought about some changes in the socio-economic landscape of Nigerian which will most likely alter the lives of many in the country.
The outbreak have seen a drastic shift in the normal for many formal workers who now have to work at home or not work at all. While those in the informal sector who depend on their day-to-day earnings, complain of low patronage, sales turnover and idleness. With the restriction of movement and lockdown in some parts of the country, socio – economic life is fast changing.
Food sellers, motorcyclists and commercial drivers, who spoke to The Guardian, lamented the state of the economy, even as the curbs begin to take toll on their revenue and living.
A commercial motorcyclist said: “Everywhere is dull. Those who are working with the government will not know the impact, but those of us who ride bikes and drive commercial vehicles are really feeling it. Even though Oyo State government said there is no lockdown, we are already experiencing a lockdown.”
From newspaper vendors to journalists and private school teachers, many lamented how difficult life has become for them this period. And, following reports of alleged harassment of some people on essential duties by security agents across the country, the federal government has charged law enforcement agencies to deploy tact and caution in the course of enforcing the rules, even in the face of provocation.
Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Boss Mustapha, who made the appeal at a press conference by the Presidential Taskforce (PTF) on COVID-19, yesterday in Abuja, reminded law enforcement agencies that the message from President Muhammadu Buhari was that no Nigerian should on account of these rules suffer any harm or pains during this period or at any time in our national life.
He implored Nigerian traders and businessmen and women to resist the urge to hike prices of goods and commodities during this period, but allow their compassionate nature to prevail, adding: “This is the best time to be considerate and to show empathy for our fellow Nigerians.
“I am pleased to inform Nigerians that we made progress in the mobilisation of resources to reinforce our preparedness and other implementation arrangements.”