By: Hauwa Kabir Lawal,
In a bid to enforce its policy to control the Coronavirus pandemic and spread in Plateau State, the Plateau State Government and the Security Operatives in the state may have beating more than they can chew, as moves to restrict people from opening their shops for trading and remain indoors has come under serious resistance.
REALITY has observed that in the past few minutes of this morning. while the order of the State Governor, for residence to remain indoor apart from those on essential duties, the residents in Jos, the capital of Plateau State have give less than 40% compliance, alleging lack of food and money.
At the popular Terminus Market, our Reporter, noticed Security operatives having a charged day with traders, who have vowed to remain in the streets and also attempting to open their shops.
In other part of the state capital, there seem to be no order, as trading is going on as normal with a show of indifference in character, by the sellers and the buyers.
In other part of Ahmadu Bello Way, being the heart of Jos City, traders are simply playing hide and seek with the security operatives who are very few in the street.
You would recall that the Plateau State Government, arising from an Emergency Meeting of the State Executive Council, had imposed further measures in tackling the spread of the pandemic.
In a statement disclosing the resolution of the meeting, the government in part had said:
“With effect from Wednesday 25th March 2020, all public servants in Plateau State from Grade levels 12 and below are to work from home for the next 30 days. Only workers offering essential services such as security, health, media, street cleaners and water supply and energy are exempted from this directive.
“In view of the crowds associated with markets, government is directing all markets to close effective 25th March 2020. Only traders selling food items, pharmaceuticals and cooking gas are to remain open. In addition, all street trading, street hawking, and begging are prohibited. The weekly Sunday markets at Ahmadu Bello Way, Bukuru and environs are hereby banned.
“Social joints, Nightclubs, drinking parlours are to also close effective Wednesday 25th March 2020, while restaurants are advised to prepare take away for their customers to avoid crowding.
“Motor parks are to capture and keep data including contacts of all inbound and outbound passengers as well as adhere strictly to social distancing and mass gathering prohibition order as well as hygiene regulations. Henceforth, all entry points into Plateau State by land and air will be subjected to preliminary tests.
“The weekly State Executive Council Meetings are hereby suspended indefinitely. However, Council will continue to consult and meet through digital means.
“I have directed security agencies to begin enforcement and anyone found violating these orders should be arrested. Should the situation continue this way, we shall not hesitate to impose a complete lock down in order to save the lives of our people.”
Although the residents are aware of these orders and restrictions, they are questioning why the Government never took in to cognizance the financial state of those in the private sector and make provision for them.
“We are resisting because government in its lengthy speech never considered the private sector, but the civil servants and their aides. We are also Nigerians. Government must be responsible in enforcing its policy. From what they have on ground now, it simply means hunger should kill us at home!”