President Muhamadu Buhari has ordered the complete lockdown of Lagos, the commercial capital of Nigeria, Ogun state and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT. In a national broadcast on Sunday, President Buhari made the announcement saying that the complete lockdown is critical at this point to check the rapid spread of the deadly coronavirus currently ravaging the world.
Buhari stated that he was directing the cessations of all movements in Lagos and the FCT for an initial period of 14 days with effect from 11 pm Monday 30th March 2020.
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President Muhammadu Buhari, however, exempted essential service providers from the total lockdown a measure put in place to cushion the effect that might arise from the lockdown. Also, President Muhammadu Buhari announced an initial intervention of fifteen billion Naira (N15b) to support the nation’s response to contain and control the spread of the virus.
According to President Buhari, “from the first signs that Coronavirus or Covid-19 was turning into an epidemic and was officially declared a worldwide emergency, the federal government started planning preventive containment and curative measures in the event the disease hits Nigeria’’.
On those exempted, President Buhari said, “This order does not apply to hospitals and all related medical establishments as well as organizations in healthcare-related manufacturing and distribution.
Furthermore, commercial establishments such as;
- food processing, distribution and retail companies;
- petroleum distribution and retail entities,
- power generation, transmission and distribution companies; and
- private security companies are also exempted.
Related to those exempted above by President Buhari, are Workers in telecommunication companies, broadcasters, print and electronic media staff who can prove they are unable to work from home are also exempted”.
Buhari said, although, these establishments are exempted, access will be restricted and monitored.
The president also advises Nigerians that the best and most efficient way to avoid getting infected is through regular hygiene and sanitary practices.