The Lagos State Government has moved swiftly to address claims that that the is on lockdown in response to the pandemic coronavirus.
In a statement made available through the State’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, it was stated that some media outlets had reported that the state was on lockdown.
Omotoso noted that Governor Babajide
Sanwo-Olu had only introduced stringent measures to curtail the spread
of coronavirus and urged private establishments to introduce measures
that would support the government’s effort.
He said, “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.
“The impression created by such reports is erroneous; 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 and 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 and 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.”