- The minister of state for labour, Festus Keyamo, has made it known that he does not support another lockdown
- Keyamo believes that another total lockdown would not benefit the country
- The minister advises Nigerians to learn how to avoid contracting the virus
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The minister of state for labour, Festus Keyamo, has explained why he does not support the enforcement of another lockdown in Nigeria over the COVID-19 pandemic.
Keyamo who made the explanation on Twitter on Sunday, May 10, said another total lockdown would be counterproductive for the country.
He said Nigerians need to learn how to live with the coronavirus while practicing how to avoid contracting the disease.
The minister stated that Nigerians cannot perfect the skills of avoiding COVID-19 by being locked up.
"My personal view is that another total lockdown would be counterproductive. Before defeating the virus, we must learn to live with it all around us & practice the skills of avoiding it like a landmine. Practice makes perfect. We cannot perfect those skills by locking ourselves up," he said.
Meanwhile, the minister of state for health, Olorunnimbe Mamora, has said the federal government may enforce another lockdown in Lagos and Abuja if residents continue to disregard rules of social distancing.
Vanguard reports that Mamora made the statement when raising concerns about the failure of residents in Lagos and Abuja to adhere to the rules of social distancing.
He said despite the messages on the dangers of COVID-19, people continued to violate the rules on social distancing.
Mamora said another lockdown might be inevitable if the trend persists.
In another news, the Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has warned that he will impose another lockdown on the state if residents continue to violate guidelines on social distancing. He issued the warning on Saturday, May 9, when giving updates on the management of COVID-19 and review of the lockdown in the state.
The governor said if the state government does not see an improvement in the adherence to public health guidelines over the next couple of days, it will not hesitate to review the terms on easing of the COVID-19 lockdown.
Sanwo-Olu said it was disappointing to see the crowd at banks and markets across the state flouting the guidelines on social distancing despite massive advocacy.
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