The Lagos State Commissioner for Information, Strategy and Security, Mr Gbenga Omotoso, has stated that reports that the state was on lockdown following the closure of some markets are erroneous.
Reacting to reports that the state was on lockdown following the closure of some markets and stores by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Commissioner said:
‘‘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 to 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,” he stressed.
According to the commissioner, the stringent measures put in place by the state government are meant to prevent a situation where more than 25 persons will gather in the same place at any time and not aimed at a total lockdown of the state.
The Commissioner who disclosed that workers providing essential services such as Fire Service, Emergency, health, water, telecommunication, security, media and others are exempted from the directive, further, urged residents to remain observant, prayerful and report all suspected cases of COVID-19 through the emergency hotlines – 08000CORONA, 08023169485, 08033535529, 08052817243.