Monday sit-at-home: Skeletal economic activities in Anambra despite govt, IPOB warnings
There were skeletal economic activities in towns in Anambra State on Monday, despite repeated directive by the state government to indigenes and residents to ensure return to normalcy.
The Anambra State commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr C. Don Adinuba had last weekend in a press release called for full economic activities in the state, reminding all that the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) had long rescinded its decision to ground the South-east zone.
IPOB on the other hand had through its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, pledged to go after the enforcers of the previously, but now suspended sit at home order.
DAILY POST correspondent who moved round Awka, the capital of Anambra State, on Monday, observed that though there was improvement in the level of economic activities witnessed in previous Mondays, it could however not be said to be viable enough as witnessed on other week days.
Banks, markets, motor parks and other business places were seen open, but the level of vehicular movement in the town was limited.
Some schools also failed to open for educational activities, just as civil servants were not in their offices, despite threats by the Anambra State government.
A visit to Jerome Udoji Secretariat, which houses almost all the state government ministries, showed very minimal activities, as only a few workers were found there.
A senior civil servant in the ministry of information who spoke to our correspondent attributed the absence of workers at their duty post to sheer laziness.
“How will they explain their absence at work today? If you look around, you will find that mostly senior civil servants are the ones who came to work today. So, where are the others? Yesterday was Sunday, and the previous day was Saturday, which was also a work free day, so, what will anyone be doing at home on the first day of the week?” He queried.
IPOB had months back declared every Monday a day to boycott work, as a means to press the federal government to release its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, who is standing trial. The group called off the exercise after two Mondays, but since then, every Monday in the South-east has left towns in the zone with deserted streets.
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