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4 Things We Should Expect After The Interstate Travel Ban Has Been Lifted

OpinionDoc 06/29/2020

Not long ago, the Federal Government through the Secretary General of the Federation - Boss Mustapha announced that interstate travel will be allowed from the 1st of July. The lift on interstate travel was partial as no interstate travel will be allowed during curfew hours.

This announcement came as a welcome development especially for people stranded and stuck across the country as a result of the lockdown and interstate travel ban. It shows that there is some level of progress in the government's effort in the fight against Covid-19.

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The lifting of the interstate travel ban will give room for a series of events or activities that have been hitherto delayed initially. On this article, I will be showing you 4 things we should expect after the interstate travel ban has been lifted.

1. We Should Expect the Academic Staff Union of Universities' (ASUU) Strike to Continue

Before the lockdown and interstate travel ban was announced and enforced, ASUU expressed several grievances concerning the state of the Nigerian tertiary institutions, member welfare and most importantly, dissatisfaction with the newly implemented salary payment system - Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).

After several failed rounds of negotiations , ASUU proceeded to go on a total and indefinite strike. We should expect this strike to continue after the interstate travel is lifted and tertiary institutions are finally given the go ahead to safely resume.

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Also recall that the The Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions(NASU) and the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) also threatened strike action due to the "unwarranted deductions" and "payment irregularities" they allegedly encountered with the IPPIS.

These unions (NASU and SSANU) believe that despite the Federal Government's assurances that the new payment system was for the good of all, the irregularities they are experiencing tells a different story. They have stated that they feel betrayed by the government after initially siding with them against ASUU. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.

Most university students are eager to resume but unfortunately, they may all have to wait even longer as ASUU have insisted that the strike continues after lockdown. For Nigerian students in public universities, it has been over one hundred days at home but what can they do?

2. We Should Expect the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Mobilisation to Begin Soonest

The NYSC was one of the most affected sector after an interstate travel ban was announced earlier this year. Many Youth Corp members had to prematurely leave camp due to the coronavirus outbreak.

During the lockdown, there were a lot of speculations concerning when Stream 2 of batch A will be mobilised. With the lockdown lifted, a lot of speculations will be laid to rest. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.

The NYSC mobilisation scheme is expected to proceed with certainty since prospective Corps members now have the means to legally travel to any part of the nation to serve in case they are called.

New modalities for the NYSC scheme should be expected an example of which is the scrapping of camping. Prospective Youth Corp members should expect direct posting to their various Places of Primary Assignment (PPA) instead of the usual method of camping first for orientation.

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3. We Should Expect a Serious Hike in Transportation Fare

Long before the announcement of the lift on interstate travel ban, guidelines and modalities concerning social distancing and other non pharmaceutical preventive measures were already in place.

Implementation of these guidelines by transport companies and airlines involves a lot of money which they have not been making as a result of them ceasing operations during the interstate travel ban period in order to abide by Federal Government orders. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.

Prominent among these guidelines is the order to carry less than full capacity when conveying passengers via aircrafts or buses. This will surely increase costs on the side of the airlines and transport companies, costs which the passengers will ultimately have to bear. Thanks to this stated situation, we should expect transport fares to almost double. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.

4. We Should Hopefully Expect Food Prices to Come Down

When the lockdown and interstate travel ban was announced in the country, food prices were the first casualty. This was partly due to scarce means of conveying food items from one part of the country where they are produced or farmed to other parts where they will be useful for consumption.

It is a known fact that small scale businesses transport their items via public transport. Scarcity of this means of transportation led to a hike in transportation prices and consequently, a hike in price of food items. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.

As soon as the lockdown is lifted in July, we should expect food prices to gradually go back to normal or pre-interstate lockdown rates. This will be a nice development for everyone in the country as the hardship imposed by the economic effects of this virus has been unprecedented.

In conclusion, I will like to remind everyone to protect themselves and follow every laid down safety guideline outlined by the government. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.

What else do you think we should expect after the interstate travel ban has been lifted? You can let me know your thoughts on this by leaving a comment. Also remember to like and share. There is love in sharing.

Source: opera.com
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Top Comments
GUEST_qmdWl20q0 · 07/1/2020
please try n fix the economy,people r hungry n things r expensive,consider the masses,God is watching ooo

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