Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Lagos Government denies the state is on lockdown

The Lagos State Government has denied reports that the state is on lockdown following the closure of some markets and stores to curtail the spread of coronavirus as announced on Tuesday by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

Commissioner for Information, Strategy and Security, Mr. Gbenga Omotoso, stated that the impression created by such reports is erroneous.

“Lagos is not on lockdown despite the stringent measures introduced by the government,” he said.

“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,” he stressed.

According to him, workers providing essential services such as Fire Service, Emergency, health, water, telecommunication, security, media and others are exempted from the directive.

He said the initiatives being introduced by the government were to prevent any situation where more than 25 persons will gather in the same place at any time.