A former aspirant of the All Progressive Congress(APC), Mr John Francis Igwe has commended President Muhammadu Buhari implementing proactive measures to stem the corona virus pandemic ravaging the country.
In a press statement made available to journalists in Abuja recently he condemned the citizens apathy to the governmennt onerous campaign to stem the pandemic in Nigeria. Continuing,Mr Igwe commended the president for a partial relaxation of the lockdown .
He however appealed to the authorities of the Federal Capital Territory to consider the plight of traders by opening the major markets in the Abuja municipal area ,lamenting that while the departmental stores like Shop rite,Next and others opened for business, Utako, Wuse and Garki market opens skeletally for business.
The APC Presidential aspirant noted that it tantamount to double standards for the government to grant permission for the major departmental stores to freely operate while denying the same opportunity to traders in Wuse,Utako and Garki market.
Concluding, Igwe appealed to all Nigerians to abide by all the protocols for combating the Corona virus pandemic.
The Presidential Aspirant urged the FCT Minister to borrow a leaf from the governor of Lagos State – His Excellency Sanwo Olu whose adroitness in managing the COVID-19 pandemic is pragmatic.
Igwe lamented that the FCT authorities is yet to fumigate the markets and other public places.
On the continued closure of the shopping plazas in the FCT,he appealed to the authorities to organize a COVID-19 awareness campaign for the estate managers of shopping plazas to educate them on the need to fumigate their property lamenting that ” the continued closure of the shopping plazas and markets would hurt the economy of the FCT.
Finally, the APC aspirant urged the authorities to provide palliatives for the indigent Nigerians whose businesses has been badly hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic by way of giving them soft interest – free loans.