As the nation continues the gradual easing of lockdowns, the country’s private sector and labor leaders have opposed any move to impose another lockdown in a bid to curb the coronavirus outbreak in the country.
The President imposed a total restriction on movements of non-essential goods, services, and workers on March 30, with an extension after two weeks, until it was lifted on May 4th. While the number of cases has risen following relaxation of the lockdowns, many hope that the relaxation will be sustained.
Among those who share this sentiments are the Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Assembly (NECA), the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), and the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines, and Agriculture (NACCIMA). These bodies have described the lockdown as counterproductive for the already ailing economy. The agencies also stated that the rising number of cases and deaths from the infection is not surprising as imposing restrictions would not bring these stats to a sudden halt. The world continues to search for drugs and vaccines to conquer the virus.