With utmost respect, I write this letter to your esteemed office on the above subject matter. I am proud of the effort the State Government is making in the fight against Corona Virus A.K.A COVID -19. The current lockdown imposed by the Federal and State Government as part of the effort to curb the spread of this pandemic is commendable.
However, the lockdown has an adverse effect on poor people living in the urban more than poor people living in the villages. If you visit villages you would realize that they continue with their normal lives with little or no restriction of movement. This caused no adverse effort on their daily earnings. On the other hand, urban poor, people who live in a high-density population have been greatly affected by the lockdown.
It is therefore important that the respective Government Agency on COVID – 19 palliatives to consider them as they live on daily wishes; their income depends on what they do on a daily basis. E.g. Salon, Bricklayers, Berbers, Transporters and so many of them on similar errands. The government should be able to identify them anywhere in Nigeria. They are in Nigeria; Nigerians are in Nigeria and not in space.
The community leaders know who, in their community, need the relief materials. Therefore, I suggest they should be actively involved in the process.
I critically observed that people have already run out of savings and I so much believe that you will trust me that hunger is a threat to the success of this lockdown. Until something drastic is done, people in the State may be necessitated to revolt to the Government order due to hunger and lack of basic needs for their survival.
I have learned from the recent speech made by the President of the Federation, President Muhammadu Buhari on 13th April 2020 that the expansion of National Social Register of Poor and Vulnerable Households be made from 2.6 Million households to 3.6 million households. It is as a result of this expansion I deemed it necessary to appeal to you to consider the need for the inclusion of urban poor households in the register as they (Urban Poor) are more affected than the poor people living in remote villages as already explained.
While I commend your excellent effort, I also pray for your Good health and Good guidance in the discharge of this onerous task of curtailing COVID – 19.
Long live Nigeria, Long live Katsina State.
Isma’il Ibrahim Mahuta