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We lose over N10b every Monday to sit-at-home – Gov Mbah

THE governor of Enugu State, Peter Mbah, has stated that the state loses about N10 billion every Monday as a result of a faction of the Indigenous People of Biafra in the South-East enforcing a sit-at-home policy.

The governor revealed this information yesterday to the Presidents-General (PGs) of all the autonomous communities in the state in Enugu.

He stated that the financial loss was a result of the business activity that were hindered every Monday by the unlawful sit-at-home directive.

“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 naira from the economic activity 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.”

He asserts that his administration’s effort to transition the state’s economy from a public sector-driven economy to a private sector-driven economy will be derailed by the impression of insecurity the sit-at-home movement fosters.

Governor Mbah has advised the PGs to explain to their people that there is no such thing as a sit-at-home on Mondays or any other day.

He warned them against ever obeying orders from those who had not been elected stating that doing so would amount to someone elevating them above them without their will.

Mbah gave the populace the reassurance that security services had been put on high alert to ensure that measures for the safety of people and property in the state are in place.

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