By Emmanuel Onwusoro
Ekiti state residents have been advised to continue to complement government’s efforts towards tackling the coronavirus pandemic by keeping to the directives aimed at checkmating the disease, and discountenance the claim in some quarters that there is nothing like Covid-19.
A retired army officer, Capt. Tunde Ajayi, who gave the admonition in an interview with Ekiti Standard, in Ado-Ekiti, commended what he described as the proactive measures put in place by the governor Kayode Fayemi-led administration the moment the pandemic began to manifest its devastating effects across the globe.
He said such efforts by the government are accountable to the low level of victims recorded in the state so far compared to many other states, which are even still grappling with rising figures of victims. According to him,” if the government had not woken up early to handle the health challenge, its negative outcome would have been more felt”.
The Ekiti All Progressives Congress, APC , chieftain cautioned against politicizing the pandemic, stressing that such stance will not be favourable to the unrelenting efforts of the government towards curbing it, pointing out that all hands must be on deck to attain the expected goals irrespective of political affiliations.
On the economy, Capt Ajayi expressed concern over what the residents are passing through, but noted that the hard times are not peculiar to Ekiti state, rather it is a universal phenomenon. He explained the situation has collapsed the formal and informal sectors of the economy, and appealed to the people to bear with the government,adding that the lockdown and the distortions in the nation’s socio-economic and political environment generated by the disease will not be forever.
However, he was optimistic that with the gradual easing of the lockdown possibility of moving to get the necessities of life is equally reducing people’s harrowing experiences
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