Lagos State Government has debunked a report that the state in on a lockdown following the directive by the state governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, that some major markets be closed down in addition to the directive ordering civil servants from level 1 to 12 to stay at home for some time as a measure to curtail spread of the deadly coronavirus, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotosho, has said that the state is not on lockdown.
In a statement on Wednesday, the commissioner said the report is aimed at undermining the efforts of the state government, telling the public to disregard it.
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; Lagos is not on lockdown despite the stringent measures introduced by the government.
“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.
“Workers providing essential services – Fire Service, Emergency, health, water, telecommunication, security, media and others – are exempted from this directive.
“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.
‘The Sanwo-Olu Administration is concerned about the rising number of COVID-19 cases, hence it is adopting measures to keep residents safe.
“The government will continue to appraise the situation, consult various stakeholders and make further announcements to check the spread of this lethal disease.
“Residents should observe simple hygiene measures, such as washing hands with soap and water, covering mouth while sneezing or coughing and consulting a doctor when feeling ill. Anyone feeling unwell should stay indoors.