- The Lagos state government has taken a precautionary measure against coronavirus
- Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Tuesday, March 24, closed some markets in the state
- However, Sanwo-Olu explained that markets that sell water, foodstuff and pills are exempted
Owing to the devastating spread of coronavirus in Nigeria, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos has shut down markets and stores in the state starting from Thursday, March 26.
However, Governor Sanwo-Olu clarified that this closure does not affect markets that sell essential items like medical equipment, water and foodstuff.
The governor in a press statement on Tuesday, March 24, explained that the state government is not imposing a total lockdown of markets.
He said that the government intends to decentralise markets in the state and even convert closed schools to nearby venues where people can purchase food and pills.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Sanwo-Olu had instructed public workers from grade 1 to grade 12 to stop going to work.
The information which was disclosed in a series of tweets on Sunday, March 22, via the official Twitter handle of the governor's chief press secretary, Gboyega Akosile, noted that this takes effect from Monday, March 23.
The Lagos government had ordered that all private and public schools in the state be shut down as a preventive measure.
According to Akosile, workers are to stop going to work for the next two weeks after which the governor will review the decision.
He noted that workers aren't just supposed to do nothing while they stay home but continue their work from their respective homes.
The police in Lagos have commenced a massive crackdown on social, religious and other gatherings above 50 people in a bid to contain the spread of coronavirus in the state and Nigeria at large.
The Lagos police spokesman, Bala Elkana, in a statement, made available to Legit.ng, said the police operatives will be enforcing the ban on social gatherings, clubs, parties, ceremonies and religious gatherings of more than 50 persons in the state. In a related development, the general overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Adejare Adeboye, has opened up on a revelation given to him by God concerning the spread of coronavirus.
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