Lagos May Extend Lockdown, Says Sanwo-Olu
- Government to relax lockdown in Ogun on Tuesday
- FG threatens to extend lockdown in Lagos, Ogun, FCT.
The Executive Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu says the lockdown in the state may be extended.
The Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari announced a lockdown in Lagos, Ogun and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in Abua for 14 days.
The lockdown was one of the measures put in place by the Federal Government to curtail the spread of the outbreak of the Coronavirus that had so far taken 4 lives.
Many Nigerians have lamented the hardship the lockdown had pose as many families strive to provide in the restriction.
Speaking at a Press conference on Saturday, Sanwo-Olu said that the lockdown may be extended if the need arises.
He said his government would liaise with the Federal government before an extension is announced.
“This is just day five. So, in the first 14 days, we still have about eight or nine days to go,” he said.
“So, I’m sure that it’s something that all of us, including the federal authorities, will be reviewing. The lockdown was not only a directive of the governor; it was a national decision and it has national backing. So, if there is a need to extend, I can assure you that we will make the call.”
Ogun State To Relax Lockdown on Tuesday.
While Lagos State is planning an extension, the State governor of Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun says the lockdown would be relaxed on Tuesday.
The governor had initially appealed to the FG to give the state the grace of Friday for the commencement of the movement restriction.
Abiodun said while addressing reporters at Iperu-Remo that the lockdown would be relaxed for seven hours every two days.
The government also planned to fumigate public places like market, motor parks and others during the lockdown.
“The lockdown will be total from now till 7.00 am on Tuesday. The lockdown will be suspended between 7.00 am and 2.00 pm to allow for essential business activities,” he said.
“This 7.00 am to 2.00 pm window will be observed every other day therefrom that is, Tuesday instant, Thursday, and Saturday for the coming week.”
FG threatens to extend lockdown in Lagos, Ogun and FCT
Meanwhile, the federal government had warned on Friday that the lockdown in the two states and the capital city may be extended if the people refused to play their parts.
On Friday, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control announced an additional two deaths.
Nineteen new cases were confirmed, according to the NCDC.
The warning was given by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed.
“If we don’t behave ourselves, there is a likelihood that the lockdown will be extended. But if we behave ourselves, there might not be an extension and I hope we do so,” he said at an interview session with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
He added: “If we stay at home for two weeks and we are doing everything we are supposed to do, we should be able to effectively contain the disease.
“Therefore, my appeal to Nigerians is that they should obey the directive on social distancing, personal hygiene and shun gatherings. After two weeks, we will resume our normal life.
“But if they think it is a joke, then we may have to stay at home more than the two weeks.”