Authorities in Lagos, Nigeria’s economic hub on Monday introduced more measures, including “Stay-At-Home” order for certain groups, to curb the spread of the COVID-19 in the state.
Tunji Bello, the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, who disclosed this to reporters in Lagos, directed all scavengers in the state to vacate all dumpsites with immediate effect as a way of curtailing the spread of COVID-19 in the state.
Bello also directed the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) to immediately give effect to the directive.
He said this was in line with measures introduced to curb the spread of the COVID-19 in the state.
“Under no circumstance should anyone be allowed to continue scavenging on the various dumpsites across this state,” he said.
“Also LAWMA must ensure that Private Sector Participation (PSP) operators are only allowed to dump and depart immediately from the sites, no form of unwholesome business would be allowed to thrive on any of the dumpsites,” he added.
The commissioner also appealed to the chairmen of the local government areas and local council development areas to assist the state government to ensure that those concerned comply.
He said they should discourage needless gathering of people in the streets and suburbs including street traders.
Also, the state urged fun seekers to stay away from beaches, leisure parks, gardens, and tourist sites, in adherence to the advice against the congregation of more than 50 persons at any location.
The precaution, according to the state government, was necessary in the wake of increasing cases of individuals testing positive to COVID-19 in the country.
The government also advised tourists to comply with the directives of the Lagos State Government to prevent the spread of Coronavirus in the state.
Meanwhile, the state government has ordered the state’s civil servants from Grade Levels 01-12 to stay at home for 14 days, beginning from Monday.
Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who gave the order, said the “Stay-At-Home” order was part of efforts to further stem the spread of the ravaging COVID-19.
He urged operators in the private sector to emulate the gesture of the state government by directing their staff, who were on non-essential service to stay at home in order to effectively combat and reduce the pandemic in the state.
According to him, in terms of the proactive measures taken to protect Lagos from the disease, the government had shut down schools and issued instructions to people not to congregate or form any gathering of more than 50 people at a time.
The stay-at-home order does not affect medical personnel, Fire Service, and other first respondents and essential services, he added.
He said the government was working to ramp up its capacity to take on new cases as they were confirmed; and other health facilities would, in due time, be deployed to support the Mainland Infectious Diseases Hospital.
The government is setting up more facilities in Yaba, to contain a likely upsurge in Coronavirus cases, he added.
Sanwo-Olu said more health workers were being trained and retired health personnel were being put on notice that they might be recalled to serve in these trying times. Enditem