By Cyriacus Nnaji
The attention of the Lagos State Government has been drawn to news reports that Lagos is on lockdown following Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s update on the steps taken to curtail the spread of Coronavirus.
In a press release Gbenga Omotoso, Commissioner for Information and Strategy said “The impression created by such reports is erroneous; Lagos is not on lockdown despite the stringent measures introduced by the government.
“Mr. Governor, who is the Incident Commander, only urged private sector establishments to introduce measures that will support the government’s efforts at curtailing the spread of COVID-19.”
Governor Sanwo-Olu suggested that banks should enhance their online banking services to enable their customers have transactions without visiting banking halls.
All markets that are not selling food, pharmaceutical products, water, medical equipment and other essential materials are to close down.
Workers providing essential services – Fire Service, Emergency, health, water, telecommunication, security, media and others – are exempted from this directive.
The initiatives being introduced by the government are to prevent any situation where more than 25 persons will gather in the same place at any time.
The Sanwo-Olu Administration is concerned about the rising number of COVID-19 cases; hence it is adopting measures to keep residents safe.
The government will continue to appraise the situation, consult various stakeholders and make further announcements to check the spread of this lethal disease.
Residents should observe simple hygiene measures, such as washing hands with soap and water, covering mouth while sneezing or coughing and consulting a doctor when feeling ill. Anyone feeling unwell should stay indoors.
Meanwhile the state government has also embarked on palliative measures to cushion the effect of the stay at home order by providing food items to Lagos residents.
According to the project which targets over 200,000 thousand residents in the state at first instance would be ready for collection at Local Government headquarters and Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) in the state.
Residents who needed food items were therefore advised to approach the local governments and LCDAs closest to them for collection.
They were also advised to wear face masks and hand gloves as a protective measure to avoid transmission or spreading of the Corona Virus in the process of collection of the food items.