COVID-19: Lagos lockdown tough, but necessary – Sanwo-Olu

*Hails residents’ endurance, pleas for more cooperation


The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has backed the restriction of movement order in some states of the Federation by President Muhammadu Buhari, describing it as a “tough decision but a necessary step” to combat the spread of the raving deadly Coronavirus, COVID-19 pandemic.

Sanwo-Olu, however, assured residents that the state government, in collaboration with Federal Government, other agencies and organisations would stop at nothing to curb the spread of the COVID-19 in the state and the country at large.

This came as the governor hailed residents of the state for their endurance since measures to fight the COVID-19, pandemic were announced by the government.

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Sanwo-Olu, who made the remarks in a statement, issued in the early hours on Monday, acknowledged that no aspect of human life had been spared by the deadly disease, saying, “the Lagos State Government in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Health, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), the World Health Organisation (WHO), UNICEF, among other institutions, will stop at nothing to halt its spread.”

iBrandTV had reported that due to the rising cases, as well as measure to effectively stop the disease with unknown cure yet, President Buhari, had on Sunday. announced total restriction of movement in Lagos, Abuja and Ogun States with effect from 11pm today, March 30, 2020 for 14 days in the first instance.

The restriction order as announced, however, exempted only people rendering essential services, such as health workers, manufacturers and distributors of health equipment and drugs, food and water companies are expected to go out.

Also allowed to move are workers in telecommunications, petroleum distribution and retailing as well as power companies and the media, among others “whose jobs cannot be handled at home.”

“We must co-operate with the authorities as long as this restriction lasts”, Sanwo-Olu appealed.

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He maintained that the restriction would enhance chances of defeating Coronavirus by giving room for medical workers to deal faster with cases; contain the disease as those infected will be easily identified and isolated; enhance social-distancing while the restriction will prevent more people from contracting the disease.

“I would also like to address the fears of those who have expressed some security concerns about your places of work and shops during this restriction. I have directed the police and other security agents to ensure that there are no security breaches. They will ensure that criminals do not take advantage of this important measure,” Sanwo-Olu assured.

He therefore, urged the private sector, market leaders and traders to move out inflammable materials such as petrol, kerosene and others, from their offices and shops before the restriction begins at 11pm Monday, as well as switch off all electrical and electronic appliances to stave off fire incidents during the 14-day restriction.

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