Nigeria’s President Buhari Puts Lagos, Abuja, Ogun State On Lockdown To Fight CoronaVirus
President Buhari on Sunday, March 29th, 2020, during a nationwide broadcast has deleared lockdown / curfew in Lagos, Abuja and Ogun State as the measures put in place to help fight the spread of the deadly CoronaVirus Pandemic.
According to the president, the lockdown which will last for a period of 14 days (two weeks) just as Ghana did will be taking effect on Monday, 30th March, 2020 at 11:00PM.
This Curfew / Lockdown is being initiated in other to help identify, trace and isolate all individuals that have come into contact with confirmed cases (persons who tested positive for COVID-19), to ensure the treatment of confirmed cases while restricting further spread to other States.
Ghana’s president Akufo-Addo also announced on Frinday, that there will be a Partial Lockdown In places such as Accra, Tema, Kasoa and Kumasi which will also be taking effect Monday, 30th March, 2020, at exactly 1:00AM.
”Based on the advice of the Federal Ministry of Health and the NCDC, I am directing the cessation of all movements in Lagos and the FCT for an initial period of 14 days with effect from 11pm on Monday, 30th March 2020. This restriction will also apply to Ogun State due to its close proximity to Lagos and the high traffic between the two States” – Burhari Said.
This protocol means all movements of persons with the above named places in the country are restricted and individuals are cautioned to stay at home where it is safe, Also movements of aircraft, both commercial and private jets, are hereby suspended Special permits will be issued on a needs basis.
The curfew therefore does not apply to hospitals and all related medical establishments, as well as organizations in health care related manufacturing and distribution.
Agencies to which these law does not apply to also includes; Food processing, distribution and retail companies. Petroleum distribution and retail entities. Power generation, transmission and distribution companies. Private security companies are also exempted.
All vehicles conveying food and other essential humanitarian items into these locations from other parts of the country will also be screened thoroughly before they are allowed to enter these restricted areas.
Workers in telecommunication companies, broadcasters, print and electronic media staff who can prove they are unable to work from home are also exempted.
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