Saturday, December 19, 2020

Lagosians can’t afford fresh total lockdown, Sanwo-Olu says

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, says the people of the state cannot afford yet another total lockdown as Lagos enters the second wave of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The economic capital of Nigeria was locked down for over five weeks between March and May this year as part of measures to curb the spread of COVID-19. The lockdown had a tremendous effect on economic activities with the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry putting the loss at about N3bn in the period under review.

Many jobs were also lost as airlines, hotels, banks, amongst others cut their workforce due to the crushing effect of the lockdown.

Sanwo-Olu, in a statement on Saturday, said a fresh lockdown would be inimical to the state’s healing economy.

He, therefore, urged all Lagosians to observe all prescribed protocols by health authorities including the use of face masks, social distancing and regular handwashing.

Sanwo-Olu said, “Yesterday, we issued guidelines to help us in the next phase of our battle with the virus. Lagosians have relaxed and the effects are evident with increasing cases and unfortunate deaths.

“These guidelines will affect us all but we need to be strong and we need to persevere.

“We cannot afford another total lockdown so I enjoin us to keep observing the prescribed protocols and the required lifestyle adjustments that will help us enter 2021 stronger, healthier, and safer.”

The governor, who is in isolation after he contracted COVID-19, also appreciated the prayers and support of all Lagosians and Nigerians.


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