By Benjamin Omoike
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Sunday directed all staff under the employ of the State Government to observe a stay-at-home order for 14 days in the wake of the increasing cases of coronavirus in the State.
Addressing journalists the State House Marina, Sanwo-Olu said the directive will take effect from Monday, March 23, adding that all officers from Grade 1-12 are to observe it.
He also urged members of the public to refrain from visiting the State Secretariat, urging them to utilise other available options to carry out their transactions including online and via phones.
The Governor, however, added that the directive does not apply to first responders, including staff of LAWMA, LASEMA, Fire Service, LASAMBUS, LASEPA among others.
He also encouraged private owned organisations to take a cue from the State government and tell their staff to work from home for the period.
He assured that the State Government was ramping up its capacity to deal with the increasing cases of coronavirus, which hit 27 on Sunday.
“We are working to ramp up our capacity. We have evacuated other patients our of the infectious Disease Centre in Yaba to other hospitals while the hospital will only be dedicated to attending to Covid-19 patients,” he said.
On the enforcement of social distancing for all public gathering to not more than 50 persons, Sanwo-Olu thanked religious centres for complying with the directive, assuring that it was in the interest of protecting all residents from any chance of contacting the virus.
“This is not a religious matter, it is a matter of morrality and responsibility. I will state again that our law enforcement agencies will be out to ensure strict complaince of the directive of not more than 50 people in any gathering,” he said.
While reiterating that there was no need to panic, he said strict adherence to recommended hygiene measures should continue to be observed by all and sundry.