COVID-19 Lockdown: My Biggest Focus Now Is Security, Welfare – Sanwo-Olu
Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, says the government is focusing on the security and welfare of residents in the state.
He stated this in a series of tweets on Tuesday, a day after President Muhammadu Buhari announced the extension of the lockdown order in Lagos and Ogun States, as well as the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) by another two weeks.
In his Monday nationwide broadcast, President Buhari noted that the extension would be effective from 11:59 pm on Monday and urged the people to cooperate with the government in the fight against COVID-19.
He explained why he took the decision which he admitted was difficult, stressing that it was important to curb the spread of the disease through community transmission.
Reacting, Governor Sanwo-Olu also noted that the extension was a tough decision but necessary to avoid the catastrophic effects of coronavirus as seen in other countries.
The governor tweeted:
“Dear Lagosians, yesterday H.E Pres. @MBuhari announced a 2 weeks extension of the lockdown. This was a tough decision but like we have seen in countries that couldn’t stop the spread of #COVID19, the effects have been catastrophic. My biggest focus now is security and welfare.”
The governor confirmed the reports of pockets of insecurity across different areas of the state, adding that intelligence has shown a combination of exploitation by criminal elements taking advantage of the situation.
He, however, stated that police operatives have been responsive while measures have been put in place to increase surveillance and response time in the last 24 hours.
“On security, there have been reports of pockets of insecurity across different areas and intelligence has shown a combination of exploitation by criminal elements. The Police have been responsive but in the last 24 hours we have worked to increase surveillance and response time.
On welfare, Governor Sanwo-Olu revealed that the second half of the first phase of the distribution of food and relief materials targeted at the vulnerable was on course.
He added that the Federal Government’s conditional cash transfer has also begun to help reduce the burden and complement ongoing efforts.
“On welfare, the second half of the first phase of our reformed #LagosFoodRelief distribution which is targeted at the vulnerable is on course. The federal government’s conditional cash transfer has also begun to help reduce the burden and we are working on doing more.”
“We are encouraged by the success rate of our isolation and treatment initiatives for #COVID19. Working with the @NCDCgov and @LSMOH, testing capacity for #COVID19 has increased and we will continue to do all we can to stop the spread of the virus.
“As a state, we understand that this lockdown will stretch us because of some structural problems we are contending with, however I want to thank Lagosians for rising up with empathy and strength. We have to do more and the government will do more, let’s beat #COVID19 together.”