By Idowu Bankole
Lagos state governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-olu has told Lagosians that his biggest focus now is securing the state and providing meaningful welfare packages for all the residents of the state amidst the extension of lockdown announced yesterday by President Muhammdu Buhari.
Sanwo-Olu said the two weeks extension of the lockdown was a tough decision but like in other countries that couldn’t stop the spread of #COVID19, the effects have been catastrophic.
On security, Sanwo-Olu said, “There have been reports of pockets of insecurity across different areas and intelligence has shown a combination of exploitation by criminal elements. The Police have been responsive but in the last 24 hours, we have worked to increase surveillance and response time.
On welfare which a lot of people have criticised the shoddy way it has been distributed, The Lagos state governor said, “the second half of the first phase of our reformed #LagosFoodRelief distribution which is targeted at the vulnerable is on course. The federal government’s conditional cash transfer has also begun to help reduce the burden and we are working on doing more.’
Sanwo-Olu also spoke about the success recorded so far in the Isolation centres. The governor said, “We are encouraged by the success rate of our isolation and treatment initiatives for COVID19. Working with the Nigeria Centre for Diseases Control and the Lagos State Ministry of Health, testing capacity for #COVID19 has increased and we will continue to do all we can to stop the spread of the virus.’
“As a state, we understand that this lockdown will stretch us because of some structural problems we are contending with, however, I want to thank Lagosians for rising up with empathy and strength. We have to do more and the government will do more, let’s beat #COVID19 together.”
Meanwhile, the federal government has sacked tow contractor in the conditional cash transfer scheme for failing to disburse cash as at when due.