Peter Mbah, the Governor of Enugu State, has revealed that the state loses over N10 billion every Monday to the sit-at-home enforced by a faction of the Indigenous People of Biafra in the South-East region.
The governor who made this known in Enugu while speaking at a meeting with the Presidents-General (PGs) of all the autonomous communities in the state, noted that the financial loss was recorded due to the economic activities that were prevented from happening every Monday due to the illegal sit-at-home order.
Mbah urged the PGs to speak to their people and make them understand that there was no such thing as a sit-at-home on Mondays or any other day.
“It’s important for us to understand the connection between poverty and this so-called sit-at-home. Each Monday that we sit at home, we lose over N10bn from the economic activities that ought to have happened here in our state,” Mbah said.
“People who ordinarily would have stayed in a hotel till Monday before they travel will decide against staying beyond Sunday. So, what happens? The revenue the hoteliers would have generated is gone.
“People who would have come into Enugu to participate in one economic activity or the other won’t show up because you say you are sitting at home on Monday.
“The perception of insecurity the sit-at-home creates will derail his administration’s plan to move the economy of the state from a public sector-driven economy to a private sector-driven economy.”
“The residents should never allow unelected persons to issue orders to them, taking orders from such people would mean that someone was making them inferior without their consent.
“The security agencies had been put on alert to ensure that measures are in place to ensure the protection of lives and property in the state,” Mbah assured the people.