As part of the efforts to stop the spread of the global pandemic (Corona virus) in Nigeria, the President, Muhammadu Buhari, today announced a total lockdown in Lagos, Ogun and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
In a live telecast to Nigerians, Mr BUHARI highlighted some of the efforts already being put in place by the federal government to battle the pandemic as well as the need to do do more.
He therefore directed that, all flights schedule within Nigeria be cancelled while the states affected ensure total compliance to the restriction of movements from their citizens in other to help in curtailing the spread of Covid-19.
According to him, “since the outbreak of the disease in China, our government has been monitoring the situation closely and studying the various responses adopted by other countries”.
He stated further that, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC ) through its Director, Dr Ihekweazu has been implementing numerous strategies in Nigeria to ensure that the adverse impact of this virus on our country is minimized.
Speaking further, the president, said, “based on the advice of the Federal Ministry of Health and NCDC, I am directing the cessation of all movements on Lagos and the FCT for an initial period of 14 days with effect fromm 11pm on monday 30th March, 2020. This restriction will also apply to Ogun state because of its close proximity to Lagos and the high traffic between the two states”.
Reactions have continued to trail the speech of Mr President after his pronouncement to lock down the two states and the FCT. While some see it as a welcomed development, others believe there should be a clampdown on industries and organizations with large workforce who are still operating in this critical moment.
It would be recalled that inklinetimes published a story recently on the fear of Ilaro people on the continued system of transportation of Dangote Cemetery factory buses that loads workers like pack of cards on daily basis without any control.
The present lock down as declared by President BUHARI would no doubt complement the efforts of Ogun State government who had earlier directed the immediate closure of its borders to the neighboring states and Benin Republic.