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Lockdown not effective in Lagos, says speaker

Lockdown not effective in Lagos, says speaker
April 23
23:37 2020
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Mudashiru Obasa, speaker of the Lagos house of assembly, says the lockdown in the state is not effective.

On March 30, President Muhammadu Buhari ordered a lockdown in the federal capital territory (FCT), Lagos and Ogun to curb the spread of COVID-19.

The president extended the lockdown in these areas by two weeks on April 13.

While announcing an extension of the lockdown, Buhari said the fight to curb the disease “is a matter of life and death.”

“This is not a joke. It is a matter of life and death. Mosques in Makkah and Madina have been closed. The Pope celebrated Mass on an empty St. Peter’s Square,” the president had said.

But in tweets on Thursday, Obasa suggested the local governments in Lagos should be involved to ensure that there is a “proper lockdown”.

The speaker said if the lockdown would continue, “it is better we move with all strategies.”

“I commend the Commissioner for Health @ProfAkinAbayomi, thru him to the Executive Governor of Lagos @jidesanwoolu for your unrelenting effort on #COVID19. But, i must say that the lockdown is not quite effective, can we domesticate the lockdown by involving the Local government?,” he tweeted.

“Just as we have the incident Command at the State level, can we replicate same at those Local Government with high rising number of #COVID19.

“If the lockdown will continue, it is better we move with all strategies.”

Lagos has recorded 512 confirmed cases of COVID-19. While 107 patients have been discharged, 18 people have died.

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