A Professor of Educational and Administrative Management and a seasoned educationist,, Professor David Olufemi Bamgbose has condemned the extension of the lockdown in Ogun State by Governor Dapo Abiodun, describing it as the height of government’s insensitivity to the plights of the people.
Bamgbose while reacting to the extension of the lockdown in a chat with journalists in Abeokuta, the State capital insisted that Governor Abiodun did not take into consideration the adverse effects of the lockdown of the economy and the people of the State.
He described the extension as “one too many”, saying “It (extension) was not connected to necessary and adequate palliatives.
Bamgbose, who was the Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in the 2015 Governorship election in Ogun State noted that, he was shocked at the Governor Abiodun’s decision to extend the lockdown, saying “I wonder what we intend to achieve in the next one week that we have achieved in the 40days of the lockdown”.
He argued that the continued extension of the lockdown was responsible for what he described as the “rushes, frenzy, emergency” of people whatever they have the opportunity to go out to either the markets or banks during the period of relaxation of the lockdown.
His words, “40 days, containing that working days and the holidays. It is on record that as of today, the government of Ogun State has tested 700 people for Coronavirus of about seven to eight million citizens, you are talking of less than one percent of the citizen.”
“So if we are lockdown, do we have the kits to test the people? I’m saying that the action of the Governor in doing this latest extension didn’t take into cognisance the effect of hunger and the problem of the lockdown on the citizens of the State.”
“Lagos State is the epic centre of Coronavirus in the country and they are not locked down. So there are measures that can be enforced – like the social distancing and the compulsory use of nose mask, among others.”
“Oyo State has not been on lockdown and they are yet to record the number Coronavirus cases that we have recorded”.
“So I’m calling on our Governor that this action is producing a lot of economic hardships for the people. I learnt that they have given palliatives to about 100,000 households of seven million citizens.”
“In Lagos, there is a conscious engagement of the Organised Private Sector but we don’t have that in Ogun State”, Bamgbose added.
Suggesting ways of finding solution to the pandemic, Bamgbose said, “Most of the time that we try to wait for external forces, like the WHO to checkmate us, we have a very veritable example in Madagascar who had used internal measures to provide herbs for the cure of Coronavirus and it is working 100 percent.
“It is obvious that when anything comes out of Africa….they don’t expect that Africa will be the first to bring solution to this Coronavirus. Are they working in Madagascar? Yes. Do they have zero Coronavirus in Madagascar? Yes. Are other African nations working with Madagascar to get solution? Yes.”