The Lagosians cannot afford a new total blockade, Sanvo Olu says.
Lagos Governor Babajide Sanvo Olu said state residents cannot afford another complete blockade as Lagos enters the second wave of the new coronavirus pandemic, The PUNCH reported.
The economic capital of Nigeria was closed for more than five weeks from March to May this year as part of measures to contain the spread of COVID-19. The blockade had a huge impact on economic activity: the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Lagos estimated losses of about $ 3 billion over the period under review.
Many jobs were also lost as airlines, hotels, banks, among others, cut their workforce due to the overwhelming effect of the lockdown.
Sanwo-Olu said in a statement on Saturday that the new bloc would become an enemy of the state’s medical economy.
Therefore, he urged all Lagos to comply with all protocols prescribed by health authorities, including the use of masks, social distancing and regular hand washing.
Sanwo-Olu said, “Yesterday we released instructions to help us in the next phase of our fight against the virus. Lagosians have relaxed, and the consequences are obvious – an increase in the number of cases and annoying deaths.
“These guidelines will apply to all of us, but we must be strong and persistent.
“We cannot afford another complete isolation, so I urge us to continue to adhere to prescribed protocols and necessary lifestyle changes that will help us usher in a stronger, healthier and safer year into 2021.”
The governor, who is in solitary confinement after contracting COVID-19, also praised the prayers and support of all Lagos and Nigerians.
He said, “I am amazed at your love and concern for my health and well-being. I must admit that this gesture deeply touched me and confirmed our mutual connection as people.
“I sincerely acknowledge and thank you and pray that none of us will die due to COVID-19 or any other preventable circumstance.
“For families who have lost loved ones to the virus, I pray that God will give you the fortitude to cope with this loss.”
Lagos is an important entry point to Nigeria, where over 60% of incoming passenger traffic passes through the state’s Murtala Mohammed International Airport. The state has also reported more than 24,000 infections, including over 200 related deaths.