COVID-19: Okei-Odumakin laments ‘haphazard’ implementation of lockdown orders


Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin, President, Centre for Change, has urged the Federal Government to be innovative and take proactive measures to stem community transmission as Nigeria crosses 1,000 cases of COVID-19.

Okei-Odumakin made the call in a statement on Saturday in Lagos.

She said crossing the 1,000 threshold raised the spectre of community transmission.

She said: “This calls to question the efficacy or otherwise of the lockdown policy of the federal and state governments.

“The haphazard and disjointed manner the federal and state governments have implemented and or violated lockdown will now have to come under scrutiny.”

The group president described the various reckless infractions of lockdown by the authorities as embarrassing.

She said it was embarrassing the way some governmental, non-governmental persons and organisations breached social distancing while distributing palliatives.

Okei-Odumakin said: “With a restive population agitating for the suspension of lockdown to stem widespread hunger and sharp rise in criminal activities.

“The figures point in the direction that community transmission is on the rise and it is evident enough that we are not yet out of the woods.

“And maybe not very soon!

“Innovative and proactive measures by government and the buy-in of the generality of the Nigerian people will be needed to defeat COVID-19.”

Okei-Odumakin urged the Federal Government to quickly find an effective vaccine against the virus.

She said: “In the finally analysis, quickly finding an effective vaccine against the virus from the rash and rush of researches all over the world may become the saving grace of a flustered world at its wits end.

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“And soonest, too, before matters get out of hand.”

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that NCDC uncovered a total of 114 new COVID-19 cases countrywide on Friday, making a total of 1,095 confirmed cases of infected persons.