By Nosa Akenzua, Asaba
Despite the harsh economic situation and COVID-19 pandemic disease ravaging the world, fun seekers in Asaba, Delta State and its environs besieged eatries, particularly the Asaba shop rite for fun activities among others.
Recall that the Delta State Government through the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) Mr Chiedu Ebie had on Friday issued a prohibition of social activities in the state following the increasing situation of COVID-19 pandemic disease ravaging the world for the second wave.
But the fun seekers who spoke to our correspondent in Asaba claimed that COVID-19 pandemic disease spread was a political strategy to deny South South people of happiness, especially on their Christmas day activities, adding” We are not bothered about COVID-19 pandemic disease spread. The disease spread is not for us and it is Our Christmas,but the only issue is that things are too expensive for us at the moment”
At various eateries, there was a heavy beehive of celebrations by both young and old who lamented that the country was facing serious economic challenges.
Meanwhile, residents of Asaba, one of them, Mr Godwin Udoh has decried the hike in food items and other commodities at the popular Ogbeogonogo market and other markets in Asaba and appealed to the traders to ensure the items are affordable for the poor masses.
On COVID-19 pandemic, Udoh said that” How long shall we be suffering in Nigeria? The COVID-19 pandemic spread should not be politicized at all and I want to believe that everything is not working for good in Nigeria. COVID-19 pandemic disease spread is not the way governments are seeing it. We shall continue to celebrate our Christmas and New year, COVID-19 pandemic disease or not because we will not following all that they are saying to deny us Christmas and New year celebrations”
While calling on stakeholders to look into ways of finding a lasting solutions to the COVID-19 pandemic, Udoh however appealed to the State Government to provide palliative for the poor, especially for those who cannot afford a meal a day, adding” There is hunger in Nigeria and everywhere, so government should provide for the poor in this new arrangement.”