Lagos Govt: State not on lockdown; thanks donors, seeks more support for Abule-Ado-Soba fire victims

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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.

We should remain observant, prayerful and report all suspected cases of COVID-19 through the emergency hotlines – 08000CORONA, 08023169485, 08033535529, 08052817243.

Gbenga Omotoso
Commissioner for Information and Strategy.

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The Lagos State Government appreciates individuals and organisations that have heeded its call to support victims of the Abule-Ado-Soba explosion. No fewer than 20 people died and property worth billions of Naira destroyed in the March 15 disaster.

During a visit to the explosion site and adjoining areas to assess the extent of carnage, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu set up a N2 billion Emergency Relief Fund to provide relief for the victims of the incident and released N250 million towards the cause.

State Governments and Corporate Organisations have donated to the relief fund. Dangote Group and Zenith Bank have contributed N100million each to the Fund.

The fact-finding Committee constituted by Governor Sanwo-Olu to determine the cause of the explosion and proffer recommendations to prevent a re-occurrence will soon complete its assignment.

Meanwhile, the Lagos State Government solicits further support from wealthy and well-meaning individuals as well as private and public institutions to rebuild the community because the financial resources required to restore Abule-Ado-Soba are enormous.

The Abule-Ado Emergency Relief Fund accounts are domiciled in three banks: Polaris Bank – 4030017510; Zenith Bank – 1017184516; and Guaranty Trust Bank – 0568615688.

Gbenga Omotoso
Commissioner for Information and Strategy.

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