By Vera Anyagafu
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos state has decried the non-compliance to measures to contain the Corona Virus pandemic by some residents of the state, saying that its success is dependent on them.
The Governor said this on Saturday May 9, 2020, while giving the 11th Update on Corona Virus in the state.
According to him, the success of the gradual easing of the lockdown is dependent upon the compliance of Lagos residents, stating that the state government will not hesitate to review the terms of the easing if it continues to see evidence that Lagosians are determined to flout the rules.
“The continued maintenance of this easing is only guaranteed when people consistently comply.”, he said.
He also described the non-compliance by residents as unacceptable, saying that the poor compliance level with the COVID-19 protocols, including physical and social distancing, wearing of face masks, not exceeding 60 percent carriage capacity in public transportation especially by the yellow commercial buses, all of which were meant to check the spread of the Corona Virus in the state, are not being observed.
Sanwo-Olu however reiterated that the state government within the next few days might be compelled to take tougher actions, which include the review of gradual relaxation announced about a week ago.
He also directed the police to immediately begin confiscation of commercial motorcycles (Okada) for failure to vacate the roads this period as earlier directed.
In addition, he
ordered security agencies to turn back vehicles violating the restriction imposed on inter-state movements of persons, stressing that as citizens, there is a great burden on Nigerians to behave responsibly.
“These times demand a lot from them in terms of actions and behaviours”, Governor Sanwo-Olu said, emphasising that, “To stay alive and well, we have to abandon old habits and customs, and adopt new ones. Government also has its own responsibilities, which include making and communicating informed decisions to the public, for the good of all. Another important responsibility of government is to find ways to minimise the impact of these disruptions on the lives of the people.”
In addition he said that, one of the major reasons for the controlled and gradual easing of the five-week lockdown was to strike a balance between the protection of lives and the sustenance of livelihoods.
“This is why, in collaboration with the Federal Government, we have carefully calibrated the reopening of critical sectors of the Lagos economy, while also ensuring that we minimise risk by
maintaining vital restrictions in other areas”, Sanwo-Olu stated.
On the efforts to curb the virus, he noted that Lagos State has paid for over 20,000 extraction kits and has placed an order for another 20,000 in its bid to test at least 120,000 in the next 60 days.
He disclosed that, 50 per cent of the backlog has been cleared which is also responsible for the recent seemingly high rate of positive cases in the last couple of days.
“Suppliers of kits are the manufacturers and their local representatives. However, the bid is open to any company with repute and integrity who can supply the desired kits to specification”, he added.