The CLEEN Foundation has decried the flagrant abuse and partial compliance to the lockdown of some states and FCT and disdain of the majority of the citizens to respond positively to the guidelines imposed by the government to curtail the spread of the pandemic.
This is as it calld for more testing centres, production of Personal Protection Equipment ( PPEs) for all Health Workers, Security Personnel and all other frontline workers to safeguard them from contacting the Covid 19 and spreading it to the larger society.
While calling on citizens for active participation in the fight against novel covid 19 called on the government to ensure that human rights of citizens are protected, lamented at over 25 Nigerians who have been killed by trigger drunken security personnel enforcing the lockdown across the Country.
In a press statement signed by the Executive Director of the Organisation Benson Olugbuo PHD. made available to Journalists on Wednesday, the CLEEN Foundation , an advocate of Social Justice Reforms, noted that the lack of effective enforcement of the lockdown, intra and inter state restriction and non adherence to social distance have fueled the rise of index and positive tested patients across the Country.
According to the statement , the rising cases of COVID-19 pandemic across the country and in line with their recommendation last week for a synergy between the federal and state governments, the governors of the thirty-six (36) states of the federation on Wednesday 22 April 2020 agreed for a restriction of interstate movement in Nigeria.
The Executive Director affirmed that this decision will hopefully go a long way to curb the spread of the virus as the the Nation continue on daily basis to record high increase of those tested positive and increase in mortality stressing that government should constantly review its planned relaxation of lockdown of Lagos, Abuja and Ogun state and free movement within the states and impose curfew only in the night.
Mr Olugbuo explained that his organization in churning out the report had adopted a triangulation approach involving collection of primary data by state coordinators and volunteers and tracking developments across the states from reliable secondary sources of information.
He added that CLEEN Foundation also received a total of 548 reports collated across the six geo-political zones and these were disaggregated as 318 reports on citizens’ compliance to government directives, 155 reports on conduct of security personnel enforcing government directives;75 reports on human rights violations by security personnel enforcing government directives on COVID 19 as basis for her last monday report.
He disclosed that in the report, the Stay at Home Order
remains low/moderate compliance in general even as the Majority of their observers (69%) across the country noted that most Nigerians were seen moving around and carrying out their various activities in different parts of the country.
The report further said ,between 35% and 34% respectively of their observers noted there were moderate and low public compliance to government’s stay-at-home order while 14%, 10% and 7% reported no compliance, total compliance and not applicable respectively.
However, there was improved public compliance to government’s stay-at- home order last week when compared with the findings two weeks ago, this he said can be attributed to the increase in the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19, deaths and spread to other states in Nigeria.
” In Nasarawa State, our volunteers observed that residents were seen going about their daily movements with little or no compliance to the state government’s stay home directives. Markets and motor parks were reported to be very functional and intrastate movements continued without precautionary measures observed.
“In the South-West Nigeria, reports and feedback from observers indicated that the level of compliance of citizens in the states where the lockdown order was announced have decreased.
“In Lagos state, it was reported that citizens’ compliance was reducing weekly, as some churches and mosques were observed to still hold services with praying grounds still fully functional while open markets continue to operate in some parts of the state
” In South-East Nigeria, we observed partial compliance by citizens particularly in Mgbirichi in Ohaji/Egbema and Owerri Municipal LGAs of Imo state. However in Oguta LGA, residents observed the sit-at-home directives. In Enugu State, we observed minimal compliance by the citizens. In Abia State, the citizens defied the government’s directive on compulsory wearing of face masks even as the story is the same in the South South states of the country.