there will be no new blockade, insists Lai Mohammed

there will be no new blockade, insists Lai Mohammed

Information and Culture Minister Lai Mohammed said Monday that the federal government has no plans to impose a new blockade on Nigeria as the country grapples with a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

Mohammed, speaking at the Lagos conference, nevertheless urged Nigerians to abide by all protocols set out by the presidential task force on COVID-19.

The minister said: “On the blocking issue, I don’t think the federal government ever announced that it would have a second block. However, the federal government is very unhappy that Nigerians do not adhere to basic Covid-19 protocols regarding wearing face masks or social distancing practices, washing hands, ensuring they come together in large numbers.

“If we don’t, the surge will continue and with the new Covid-19 strain becoming much more difficult to manage than the old strain, the federal government will continue to push and encourage Nigerians to comply with Covid-19 protocols.

“The federal government is aware of the economic and social implications of the second block, but we want to ask the Nigerians to help us, to help themselves and the economy, while strictly adhering to the Covid-19 protocols.”

In March 2020, the federal government blocked the federal metropolitan area, as well as the states of Lagos and Ogun, for more than five weeks as part of measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 during the first wave of the pandemic. The blockade had a huge impact on economic activity: the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Lagos for the period under review estimated losses at about 3 billion Argentine pesos.

Many jobs were also lost as airlines, hotels, banks, among others, cut their workforce due to the overwhelming effect of blockages.

Source: – Punch ng

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