Before April 6, 2020 when Kwara State Government eventually recorded the first two cases of Coronavirus, the government had announced a partial lockdown with effect from Friday Maarch 27, 2020 to contain the spread of the deadly virus. WESTERN POST Correspondent, Mosunmola Ayobami, went round and spoke with some residents of the state. The below are their reactions:
Tosin Oyebamiji -Student
I’ve been busy with online courses. With the lockdown, I have now more time to call loved ones on phone as well as check on friends on social media.
Abiodun Ayinmode-Administration Officer
I have got more time to pray, meditate, study words of God and read books.
I’m used to staying indoor so this lockdown isn’t a big deal for me. Actually, I’ve been using this lockdown period to do a lot of things; I sew, read, pray, watch movies and walk down the street.
Mojirade Durodola- Insurance Agent
This lockdown has been so devastating for me because a lot of things have changed. In my business, clients are less concerned about getting insurance.
I tried to read more motivational books, watch movies on Netflix, do some TikTok, and learn some new things on YouTube. Importantly, do some exercises to keep fit.
Mohammed Mary-NYSC member
I have enrolled for Online courses, gotten certified in some already. I pray, study my Bible and read books have taken a larger portion of my days.
I indulged in surfing the internet for new skills, movies, music and I have extra sleeping hours. I have not been able to go about my business as I produce and sell peanuts. This lockdown has kept me on hold.
The partial lockdown as announced by the state Government exempts social workers. As a journalist, I’ve monitored the compliance level across Ilorin metropolis. My job as a broadcaster is to keep our viewers informed and sensitize them on Covid-19. My job hasn’t stopped even with the lockdown.
Olushola Lasisi- Civil servant
I have been indoor all this while. I sleep, do exercise, eat and do some house chores but its been boring to say the truth. I have been doing a little sewing and baking.
Segun Oriola- Banker
As an essential officer (banker), I go to the office every day to ensure cash flow. We load the Automated Teller Machine (ATM) so as not to keep customers stranded.
This lockdown does not affect me as I go to the abattoir every day to supervise the slaughtering process. Although the market has been devoid of its usual hustle and bustle, yet we operate on a smaller scale.