On Saturday, Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu threatened to lock Lagos out again if state residents continue to flout the social distancing order.
The governor expressed unhappiness that some Lagosians, particularly those in the transportation sector, did not fully obey the social distancing order, PM News reports.
While providing updates on the state’s Coronavirus situation, the governor said on the first day of this new eased lockdown process, the level of enforcement for operations in the commercial transportation sector was unfortunately very small.
“Yellow Buses especially, failed to comply with the capacity restrictions outlined in our framework. While compliance has improved in subsequent days, it is still not encouraging. Many commercial motorcycle operators openly and indiscriminately defied the suspension.
“The ban on Inter-state travel except for essential goods and services was also consistently flouted. In many cases people decided to make the final leg of the journey into the State on foot, to beat the restrictions.
“Trucks and other vehicles carrying items designated as essential, have also played major roles in flouting the guidelines, by conspiring to conceal and smuggle people in and out of the State,” he said.
The news about mask use in public places had also not been promising, according to Sanwo-Olu, as many people were still opting to go out without some kind of masks or face coverings, claiming that this was clearly inacceptable.
“Let me reiterate that the success of this gradual easing of the lockdown is dependent upon the compliance of each and every one of us.
“As a Government, elected to uphold the security of Lagos State – and this includes health security – let me make it clear that we will not hesitate to review the terms of this easing if we continue to see evidence that Lagosians are determined to flout the rules.
“I am aware that the Presidential Task Force has also made this point; that the continued maintenance of this easing is only guaranteed when people consistently comply.
“Let the numbers we have seen this week stand as a warning to all of you the good people of Lagos State. What we are seeing is child’s play compared to what we could be seeing if we continue to be irresponsible,” he warned.