In a press release this evening, the Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has stressed the importance of adhering to laid down guidelines by all residents in the State towards curbing the spread of the Coronavirus during the partial lifting of the lockdown. In his words;
“As citizens, we have a great burden upon us, to behave responsibly. These times demand a lot from us, in terms of actions and behaviours that may not be comfortable. It is difficult to adjust to the changes, but adjust, we must.”
According the governor, most residents seems not to be following those guidelines as directed by the relevant agencies. To this, the governor warned if not check in earnest may lead to more cases in the State.
Governor Sanwo-Olu also warned that if the attitude of residents is not geared towards those regulations, the State will have no option than to reconsider a total lockdown once again. According to him;
“As a government elected to uphold the security of its citizens, which includes health security, we will not hesitate to review the terms of #EasingTheLockdown if we do not see an improvement in the adherence to our public health guidelines over the next couple of days.
“Despite massive advocacy, it is disappointing to see the crowd at banks & markets across the state flouting the guidelines. We will be forced to take the painful decision of bringing the state under lockdown if it remains clear that Lagosians are determined to flout the rules.
“In the weeks ahead, there will be a change in our isolation strategy as we transition towards decentralization. We will be introducing community management of cases by accrediting primary healthcare facilities for the management of mild-to-moderate cases of #COVID19 patients.
“Low compliance with the guidelines by operators of commercial buses and the flouting of the directive by commercial motorcycles will not be tolerated and the security agencies have been directed to confiscate any motorcycle seen flouting the rules.”
The governor also added;
“Getting rid of #COVID19 in our state must be a collective responsibility. It is not something government can do alone. We must all do our part. The wearing of a face mask in public is not a suggestion. It is a necessity and mandatory.
“We remain committed towards strengthening our capacity in combating the pandemic and I want to thank our frontline medical and emergency workers for their amazing sacrifice. We will beat this. But everyone must do their part. Stay safe and #TakeResponsibility.” He concluded.