The recent decision by the Akwa Ibom government to sign the Quarantine and Restriction of Movement Regulations 2020 into law to control the outbreak of COVID-19 in the state has been applauded.
A lawyer, Mr Udeme Eduok, said, "the quarantine and restriction of movement regulation is a nice idea, I must say, but government needs to put things in place to facilitate the staying at home like other countries do.
Eduok said that in trying times like these, the government should ensure there was price control in major markets in the state, especially eateries, mini restaurants, mini markets selling foodstuffs, drug and other essential commodities.
He said that in places such as commercial motor parks, government should ensure that no vehicle takes passengers out of the state and defaulters be made to pay the hard way for disobeying the order.
Eduok observed that commercial mini buses and tricycles have failed to carry out the order of the state government as they continue to maintain their usual four and six passengers at a time.
He appealed to the commissioner of police and all service commanders in the state, who are part of the committee that has been set up by the government, to see to the full operation of the provisions of the regulations by exercising their duties without fear or favour.
He described those faulting Gov Udom Emmanuel for signing the quarantine and restriction of movement law as enemies of the state.
A Law undergraduate of the University of Uyo, (UNIUYO), Mr Joseph Hilary, lauded Gov Udom Emmanuel's effort for always being proactive by putting the interest its citizens first.
He said that Emmanuel was a listening father and takes into consideration every advice that is given to him, noting that the restriction of movements on citizens according by the state government was in order with the provisions of the Nigerian Constitution as there is a provision for exceptions on right to movement and association.
Hilary said that the quarantine and restriction of movement law emphasized on the need to avoid social gatherings such as weddings, burials, limiting the number of passengers on public transport.
He advised residents to disassociate themselves from rumour mongers, who are faulting the restriction law of the state government to note that movements is not totally restricted in any way in the state.
Hilary also frowned at the actions of traders in the state who use this trying times to skyrocket the prices of commodities such that a cup of garri is being sold for N100 and 3 cups is sold at N200, while a sachet of satchet water is sold at N20 and a bag of satchet water is N140 against N80 and N100.
He appealed to pastors and other ministers of the gospel to ensure they have sanitizers in their places of worship and also observe social distancing and not more than 20 persons in their congregation.
In addition, he said that drinking spots and other social spots should ensure they provide hand-washing facility with running water, soap and sanitizer to their customers.
A trader, Mrs Arit Usen, said that the restriction has affected them as they could not travel out to get needed foodstuff for citizens in the state.
Usen appealed to the government to liaise with nearby government authorities to allow some key foodstuff which is not available in the state to be brought in and also grant permit to market officials and their leaders to access foodstuff where needed in order to reduce the prices of foodstuff in the state.
She appealed to citizens to bear with the government as the decision of the governor is bound by the love to protect residents from COVID-19.