The Chairman of the House Committee on Basic Education and Services, Prof Julius Ihonvbere, have said he does not think Nigeria needs a National lockdown at the moment.
Professor Ihonvbere who was a guest on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics on January 17, 2021, stated that what Government must do is to ensure that Nigerians begin to take the fight against COVID-19 more seriously.
“I do not think we need a national lockdown now, I think what we need now, in the first instance is serious controls,” Prof Ihonvbere.
He said Government is not engaging in a serious public enlightenment campaign and as such, the people are not taking the COVID-19 pandemic seriously.
Regarding the resumption of Schools across the country, Professor Ihonvbere said the Nation is not ready, noting that arrangements have not been made to ensure that the children are safe.
“Our classrooms are crowded, some have no furniture, they sit on the floor; we have not made arrangements for this.
“Even if you say children are asymptomatic or their immunity system is much stronger than that of adults, what about the school workers? What about their parents they go to meet at home?” Ihonvbere asked.
He urged Nigerians not to take the COVID-19 pandemic as a joke and Government to rise to the occasion and do the right thing.