The Oyo State chapter of the Socialist Party of Nigeria, SPN, has disclosed that it is insensitive and unthinkable of the Seyi Makinde led administration to re-open the State secretariat for workers to resume now.
The party revealed this in a press statement signed by its Secretary, Ayodeji Adigun, made available to OYOINSIGHT.COM on Saturday afternoon.
OYOINSIGHT.COM had earlier reported how Makinde declared that state secretariat will re-open on the 20th of April after a decontamination exercise scheduled to hold between Monday, April, 13th and Wednesday, April 15th.
According to him, the party welcomes the plan by the government to decontaminate the secretariat even though they are worried that it could end up being another window to loot the public fund.
He, however, faults the decision of the state government to reopen the secretariat immediately after its decontamination because the party believes this will unnecessarily endanger the life of workers with the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the state.
“If workers can be asked to proceed on compulsory holiday when one case of COVID-19 was recorded in the state, we strongly believed that it will be unthinkable and act of insensitivity if the same government should proceed with the plan to reopen the secretariat for workers to resumes now that the number of COVID-19 cases officially reported in the state has increased exponentially from one to eleven with likely cases of community transmission of the virus among the workers and poor in the state following the irresponsible conduct of Mr. David Adeleke popularly known as Davido and Mr. Taye Adebisi known as Currency.
“These artists who were supposed to be in self-isolation but went ahead to perform in different shows attended by hundreds of people in Ibadan against the earlier government order that no gathering above 50 people should be allowed within the period,” the state secretary of the party wrote.
In reaction to the plan by the state government to embark on mass testing of up to 10,000 people for COVID-19 within the shortest possible time in the State, the secretary wrote, “If this happens, it will definitely be an improvement over the current situation where less than a thousand people with the majority who are privileged persons in the society were given the opportunity to access the test.
“However, it is also important to say that this kind of improvement will be extremely insignificant and a negligible proportion when compared to the population of over 6 million people that are eligible to be tested in the State.
“Again, we hope that this pronouncement is not just a mere propaganda instrument like several others the regime often use to deepen the false impression that it is a working people-friendly Government and different from previous pro-capitalist governments in the state,” he added.