An Anambra-based industrialist and Chairman of Orient Farms, Mr Godwin Ezeemo, on Wednesday commended the Anambra Government for gradually easing the lockdown of the state.
Ezeemo gave the commendation in an interview at Umuchu, Aguata Local Government Area of the state.
He said that the relaxation of the lockdown would enable businesses to come back to life, especially agriculture which was necessary to ensure food security in the state.
“The lockdown was sudden; there was no soft measures in place by government before the issuance of the lockdown directive, and people were put in a tight corner.
“The relaxation has enable the people, especially farmers to gain quality sales of their farm produce to have balanced livelihood.
“Most of our farm produce like cucumber, okro and other vegetables as well as poultry produce are difficult to transport to customers in various markets in the state,” he said
You may recall that Gov. Willie Obiano, had on March 30 placed the state on lockdown which made it difficult for people in rural areas to transport their farm produce to the urban markets in the state.
He however announced the relaxation of the measure on April 25.
“With the relaxation of the lockdown, Obiano has resuscitated businesses that are at the verge of total collapse and achieved confidence of the people as it was taking toll on the people,” he added.
Ezeemo said that most private employers of labour hard disengaged some of their workers to avoid payment for unused labour.
He said government should make plans for allowances to support workers in times of natural disasters and emergencies such as lockdown.
The industrialist said that if government initiated such a plan, it would help reduce the negative impact of drastic policies on workers.