The effect of the global Corona Virus pandemic is adversely affecting the social life of residents in the four local government areas of Akoko Division in the Northern part of Ondo state, Nigeria.
TopSearch Magazine gathered that there had been dull weekends in the area since the pandemic surfaced in the state, as social, religious and traditional engagements are either cancelled, postponed or celebrated in low key with few attendants.
It was reliably gathered in the area that some of the annual events that suffered COVID-19 lock-down by the state government include the last Easter celebration, Eld Fitri Sallah, popular annual Arigiya in Ikare-Akoko and New yam festival held on Saturday in Ikare which always attracted many visitors.
Also, burial ceremonies were restricted according to the government guidelines on “Social Distance”. Similarly, government owned mortuaries were given ultimatum for mass burial of unclaimed corpses in the area.
An Arigidi-Akoko Community leader, Mr Ibrahim Ajayi describes weekends as period for relaxation and merry makings with social engagements in Akoko area. According to him, it is no more the same due to the pandemic.
Another personality in Akoko land, Mr Ojo Ariya from Erusu-Akoko informed the magazine that all stakeholders on weekend businesses, like those on rental businesses, Masters of Ceremonies (MCs) Musicians, Photographers, Ambulance owners and caterers among others in the area are now jobless and living in penury because of no income.
The community leader urges the citizenry to adhere strictly to instructions from health workers and government while fervent prayers are also needed for the early cure of the scourge which had negatively affected the economy. The community leader appeals.
The citizenry are advised to adhere strictly to instructions from health workers and government, while fervent prayers are also needed for the early cure of the scourge which had negatively affected their economy. The source advised.