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Following the lowdown as a result of the novel covid-19 pandemic some public office holders has agreed to forfeit their salaries, some agreed to 30 to 50% slash while other said domestic bills, purchasing power and several financial institutions debts are sufficient reason not to path with any ₦1.
While others are of the opinion with the worsen global oil price that will lead to job loss or pay cut without been told is a valid point for people to sacrifice their annual to help rebuild our economic to an enviable height.
The people opinion compiled by newspaper Kosofe Post
Hon. Sina Bilesanmi Estate Surveyor
Due to the inverse effect in which the pandemic is really taking a huge blow on the people and its citizen, extreme social distancing is pretty much the only intervention available to help individuals stay healthy, and to break the chain of transmission – giving more vulnerable populations a fighting chance of surviving this pandemic. Without any lockdown or social distancing measure, we can expect peak mortality rates in approximately three months. In contrast, 28 days lockdown as substitute for public and private sector workers annual leave would be so much welcome and also be the best decision to make.
Popoola Olubunmi Adedeji,Civil Servant
Lockdown was a compulsory measure to curb the pandemic in which everything was on lockdown, a lot of people has scheduled their leave do something very important which obviously could not be done during the pandemic.
For instance,some scheduled their leave to be able to visit their family, which they do annually, or go on vacation with their family, infact some use their leave period to pursue a professional course in their career or travel to their Alma Mata to collect their certificate. If this is now being transferred to their annual leave,then their good reasons for embarking on annual leave is marred.
Going by the daily statistics on the covid19 pandemic casualties ,it’s obvious for all gatekeepers to take ownership on how to advocate at community level on how to play the game as advised by health case management. In view of the above, Covid19 pandemic must not be treated with kids glove’s. Everybody be it employees/employers must be ready to sacrifice in all forms as long the nation will come out save no matter the period involved. Live can only be meaningful when we have healthy beings. The only snag is the poor welfare mechanism in Nigeria.
Covid 19 lockdown only has economy advantage on the public sectors. Since, work or not, salaries and entitlements are certain. But, for private sectors, the employers; large or small scale, decisions are on the owners’ discretion. Except, the government of Nigeria has seen the private sectors just like its comterparts all over the world. The only way, private sectors had felt the impact of government is by exploitations, paying of taxes, levies or rates. In Nigeria, every government social benefits are ascribed to public sectors.