Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Thursday urged the countrymen to accept temporary sufferings during the strict period of lockdown imposed due to the fresh increase in Covid-19 cases.
“The government has decided to impose a strict lockdown as the coronavirus infections reached an alarming level. This lockdown is urgent for protecting lives,” he said.Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, made the remark while virtually addressing a press briefing on contemporary issues at his official residence on parliament premises in the capital.
Urging the private and charitable organisations and affluent people to come forward to help the destitute and jobless people during the lockdown, he said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been leading the country in various calamities and crises, and she always takes the right decisions to this end.
“As a nation, now and again, we faced hard times in the past,” he said, adding “We will pass this difficult test too under the humane and kind leadership of Sheikh Hasina. This darkness will go away and good days will come. But, before that, we have to build a fort of caution at household level.”
Quader said now it is necessary to be united keeping patience to overcome this Covid-19 crisis.
“That’s why all should face the second wave of coronavirus through health awareness being inspired by the ‘mantra of unity,” he said.
Many destitute and working people have fallen in crisis induced by lockdown and the government has given importance to this issue, he said, adding that the government has taken proper initiatives to minimise their sufferings.Asking the authorities concerned and the party leaders and workers to remain alert so that the lower-income and floating people get relief materials, the AL general secretary said, “Necessary relief materials must reach every house and people should be made aware of coronavirus through campaign so that cent percent of them wear masks.”
About the Holey Artisan attack, Quader said though the poisonous teeth of communalism have already been removed, it cannot be said that this evil force has been completely eradicated.