We’ll Enforce Fresh Lockdown If Lagosians Don’t Follow Guidelines – Gov. Sanwo-Olu
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has warned residents that the government may be forced to enforce a fresh lockdown if they continue to disobey social distancing directive to combat the spread of COVID-19.
He said this in briefing on Saturday.
The governor said with the rising number in cases of the disease, he might be left with no choice than to force a total lockdown on the state. He said it was painful that Lagosians had stormed banks and markets while disrespecting social distancing directives, something he said could further speed up the spread of the virus.
Sanwo-Olu said: “The controlled and gradual easing of the lockdown was to strike a balance between the protection of lives and the sustenance of livelihoods.
“However, I was taken aback, watching residents going about their businesses in the last five days without complying with the public health guidelines despite massive advocacy.
“The crowd observed at various banks and markets across the state flouted the public gathering directive. We would not watch people violate the state’s guidelines towards combating the pandemic.
“As a Government elected to uphold security of its citizens, which include health security, we will not hesitate to review the terms of the ease of lockdown if we do not see improvements in adherence to our public health guidelines in the next couple of days.
“We will be forced to take a painful decision of bringing the entire system under lockdown if we continue to see evidence that Lagosians are determined to flout the rules,” he said.
He added that the government is considering accrediting some primary healthcare centres as well as private facilities for the management of mild-to-moderate cases of COVID-19.
Sanwo-Olu advised Lagosians to be responsible and take their health and well being seriously.