I lost a job to coronavirus, got sacked

Mr. Somtochukwu has narrated to Media Advocacy West Africa Foundation (MAWA Foundation) how he lost his job to coronavirus.

Somtochukwu, who spoke to the MAWA team who was at Koroduma-one-man-village to gauge the impact of coronavirus on the people, said he was sacked by his employer UC Jay Company located at Mararaba area of Nasarawa state as a result of coronavirus.

Somtochukwu explained that he was sacked because his employer could not raise money to pay his salaries and that of his colleagues.

He, however, disclosed that since his sack, things have become difficult for him, adding that he cannot afford food which is a basic necessity to stay alive.

Somtochukwu pointed out that apart from the economic impact of the pandemic, there is a huge increase in the crime rate.

He has since attributed the situation to the loss of jobs and citizens’ determination to survive in whatever means possible.

He has since appealed to the government to find a way to creating alternative jobs to ensure those who lost their jobs are not left to roam the street and suffer, warning that may lead to uncontrollable crimes and prostitution.

“To be sincere, before the coronavirus, I made N4,500 to N5,000 daily in my place of work, but since the pandemic began leading to my sack, I have not made a single penny”, Somtochukwu said.

“This is a terrible situation I do not wish my enemy, what is going on is unacceptable, everybody is poor and

begging, I am 36 years and never in my lifetime have I seen this kind of suffering”

“Whoever brought this coronavirus does not mean well for the human race, we are all dying of hunger” Somtochukwu, added.

He disclosed that some of his colleagues that were sacked together with him had returned to their respective villages and are now into farming.

He warned that he sees many committing suicide in the future as a result of the predicament caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

This report is supported by the Open Society Initiative for West Africa OSIWA

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