Imolites decry funds scarcity

Hope Uzodinma
  • Complain of long queues in banks, no salary

  • Govt relaxes lockdown for food sellers only

By Friday Echi

There are indications that Imolites are likely to enjoy a bleak Easter celebration if feelers received from the people are anything to go by. No thanks to the fall outs of the sit at home order which shut down business activities and confined people to their respective abodes.

It would be recalled that as part of the measures to curb the spread of the dreaded Coronavirus otherwise called Covid-19 the government had announced a sit at home order for all Imolites excepting those on essential services.

Consequently, in the last two weeks it has been a tale of woes for many families who has been holed up in their homes. Many families had difficulties re-stocking some of their house holds needs while some had no funds to do so

Besides, those who had needs to replenish their cash holdings or do transactions that can generate funds found it difficult as some of the banks were not accessible. Those who opened their doors had challenges grappling with the long queues.

An Owerri based Publisher, Emenyonu, who visited one of the banks expressed displeasure at the amount of time he spent to access funds as a result of long queues. In his words, ‘’you can’t believe that I spent over three hours to get money because the queue was very long’’

Those who survive on daily income generated from their business activities were hard hit than the other groups. The confinement restricted them from generating new cash and after exhausting their cash holdings found themselves at the mercy of hunger.

A female trader complained that she has not opened her shop because of the constant raid by members of the task force who keep roving round the streets to enforce the order. Hear her, ‘’in the first two days we were opening secretly until a neighbour was arrested and taken away. It has been tough’’.

Some civil servants in the state have continued their lamentation. Some of them complain that they were yet to be paid their February and March salaries. A middle aged civil servant, Amadi, bemoaning his fate queried, ‘do you think that this government mean well for us and sent us home without money. I have been surviving by the goodwill of relations’’

Meanwhile, the government in a release made out by the Commissioner of Information, Declan Emelumba announced the relaxation of the sit at home order for a day, Friday, April 10,.

This according to the release is to allow Imo people do their shopping for the Easter celebration. The relaxation order is strictly for food sellers in the markets and food vending supermarkets who were allowed to operate from 6am to 6pm.     Everything appears to indicate that a bumper Easter celebration will elude the citizens who are predominantly Christians.


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