Nwogwugwu, a lecturer at the Department of Economics of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University (NAU) Awka, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Awka on Tuesday.
He said that the partial easing of the lockdown announced by the Federal Government on Monday was still part of efforts to check the spread of Coronavirus, but not targeted at salvaging the nation’s economy.
The energy economics specialist said there should be an increased enforcement of safety protocols.
According to him, this includes keeping safe distance, use of facemask and alcohol-based sanitiser as well as regular hand wash with possible penalty for offenders.
He commended the Federal Government for approving the opening of worship centres for normal activities and called for similar policy for transportation, trade and commerce.
“Our inter state borders are still closed, people cannot move freely to carryout businesses across the states.
“There is nothing there to suggest that government has revival of the economy in mind.
“Economic revival entails the effective interaction of interdependent factors.
“No state survives on its on; there has to be movement of people and goods for the economy to pick, what is important is that safety measures are observed,” he said.
Nwogwugwu said that everything should be done to avoid firms and other employers of labour from laying off workers, adding that people must be supported to earn income.
He said that firms mIggy be forced to sack workers if they run out of inventories and have difficulties in procuring raw materials, which required movement of people and goods from one state to another.
“The natural consequence of continued economic lockdown is for firms and employers to sack workers in order to remain in business.
“When they don’t have inventory and cannot get raw materials to produce, they will take that option.
“The Sweden model should be adopted; they did not lockdown.
“Though, there were cases and deaths, but the system kept running unlike here where we locked down with cases and death; yet the economy is suffering.
“How swiftly we move to salvage this economy will determine how fast we can recover and escape recession.
“To me, this lockdown is an additional burden on Nigerians who have been at home for two months,” he said.