By Roland Bayode
It is no longer news as COVID-19 has now given almost an indefinite strike which majority sees as a house arrest strictly to prevent the spread of the virus disease.
The entire atmosphere of Ikare, Akoko North East to be precise in Ondo State is now seen as a shadow of itself as the fear of virus has changed the social story in the land.
The Social distancing order, of course, has been taken seriously although Ondo State has only recorded a victim of the virus so far which unfortunately happened to be a military man.
The total lockdown has affected the business activities in the land, the usual Ikare used to be crowded and the market is a terrific gathering of social and business activities but the place has silent as if no activities have ever taken place there.
Mrs Shittu Adejoke lamented that the people could no longer go out and as for her, she is indoor depressed because there is no food and no business to survive.
According to her, “We know the social distance order was given to prevent the spread of the virus but my head was aching me since yesterday because I’m hungry, I could not eat and I have been depressed for days now. I have people who depend on me to cater for but I could not do that now because I can no longer work and there is no money to survive.”
One of the traders Mrs. Marryian also express her view that it’s been hard for her now to survive, ever she was born, she has never had of a sickness locking entire Nigeria and the whole world down.
Most of the citizens find it difficult to adhere to the instruction forehand but the soldiers and military men no doubt have displayed their civil duties, putting necessary things in order and the people no longer have a choice than to adhere and obey the social distancing order whether they are pleased or not.
Mr Alabi who is a businessman said things are no longer easy for him and every other people around him, although there are no cases of domestic violence; they are at peace but needs food provision.
According to him, “We have not seen any fund or food from the government here except Bunmi Tunji Ojo (BTO) who recently gave some food out to various units of the local government.
“He tried and we appreciate him a lot for that even if I didn’t receive any, not because he didn’t give, he did but the people here are much.”
Although fumigation has been done he urged the government to support them while they are in their various houses.
Meanwhile, religious practices that are as constant as a daily meal for human survival to the people of the land have bowed to the federal government order, churches, mosques, schools, superstores has obeyed the virus call me except few at the jubilee market for those that have come to get food to sustain themselves at their various homes, that is for the few among the masses that could afford to buy. The poor people can no longer afford anymore as there is now an increase in the available food at the market for consumption while others are left in their various homes to battle with the virus fear and hunger crisis.
As regards the transportation in the land, it has of course reduces, just 10 per cent of drivers are at the park with a killing smile on faces as they are not happy at all for the lockdown principles as drivers whose daily meal depends on the only income they earn from their daily business but the reverse is now the case as the people to be transported have been placed on house arrest.
Mr Ojo Tunde, a driver at the park said the people are strictly obeying the social distance but it would have been better if the monetary provision was given to support the masses.
In his statement, “There is nothing bad if #5000 is given to everyone each by the government but politics is being played.
He added those rice, beans and every other thing they ought to give out now is being kept probably till election time so they could use for the campaign but we are hungry, the government should help us now.
Mrs Funmi, a mother of three whose husband is a driver said, “Other states with the virus were locked down and even though we don’t have many records here, we strictly adhere to the social distance order but we need food to survive, the government should help us.”
Also, the provision of food to support the people to stay at home is like an invisible dream to the people because they only hear government want to give out funds, foods to support them so they can stay in their various houses but when there is no food, will people die of hunger?
The entire people of Ikare Akoko, students, teachers, drivers, parents and even their kids hope the pandemic end soon so they can continue their normal lives and hope things get back on track as soon as possible.