COVID-19: Niger Assembly kicks against lock-down
From Isa Dangana, Minna
The Niger State House of Assembly has kicked against total lock-down of the state by Governor Abubakar Sani-Bello with a curfew over Corona virus. The House however, changed the movement restriction order from 5pm to 8am instead of 8am to 8pm as earlier imposed by the governor.
The House further changed the word ‘curfew’ to ‘restriction’, arguing that the word curfew sounded despotic and can only be used during violent crisis.
The House, which passed resolutions to that effect during a plenary on Tuesday, noted that their action followed a Motion of Urgent Public Importance moved by the member representing Bosso constituency, Hon. Malik Madaki Bosso on the dusk-to-dawn curfew imposed by the governor.
The member argued that the dusk-to-dawn lock-down would worsen the situation than serve as a preventive measure.
He said with worsening poverty, hunger and suffering, stopping people from hustling for their daily survival is more suicidal than anything anyone can imagine.
He then called on the government to reconsider its position on the curfew.
Contributing to the debate, Hon. Husseini Yabagi Akote (Gbako) said although the move is to prevent the threat of Corona virus, the economic and social impact of the restricting order will be devastating to the masses.