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Lagos State may be in for another round of interminable lockdown of movement and business activities should the residents fail to adhere to the public health guidelines issued by the State Government in response to the fight against the ravaging Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu said the State Government would be forced to review terms of easing the lockdown if there was no improvement in the adherence to the guidelines initiated to break the cycle of transmission of the dreaded virus.
The Governor spoke on Saturday during a maiden briefing after the ease of a five-week lockdown imposed by the Federal Government.
Besides, Sanwo-Olu said there will be a change in the State’s isolation strategy in the coming weeks, pointing out that Lagos was transiting towards decentralisation of management of COVID-19 cases, which would lead to the accreditation and incorporation of primary healthcare facilities and private hospitals for the treatment of mild-to-moderate cases of COVID-19 patients.
The Government, he said, was taken aback, watching residents going about their businesses in the last five days after the ease of lockdown without complying with the public health guidelines despite massive advocacy.
Sanwo-Olu said the crowd observed at various banks and markets across the State flouted the public gathering directive, noting that the Government would not watch while people violate the State’s guidelines towards combating the pandemic.
He said: “As a Government elected to uphold security of its citizens, which include health security, we will not hesitate to review the terms of the easing of lockdown if we do not see an improvement in adherence to our public health guidelines in the next couple of days.
“We will be forced to take a painful decision of bringing the entire system under lockdown if we continue to see evidence that Lagosians are determined to flout the rules.
“As we eased restrictions on movement, we have increased our testing capacity and we are also actively increasing our isolation capacity. Members of the public will also see a change in our isolation strategy in the weeks ahead, as we transition towards decentralisation.
“What this means is that, we will be introducing community management of cases, by accrediting and incorporating primary healthcare facilities and private healthcare facilities for the management of mild-to-moderate cases of COVID-19 patients. However, we will guide this initiative carefully to ensure that it is not done at the expense of the capacity required to handle other medical cases.”
Sanwo-Olu said the State Government’s order restricting the operation of commercial motorcycles, popularly known as Okada, had been defied, directing the police to confiscate any commercial motorcycle seen flouting his directive.
The Governor also instructed security personnel to strictly enforce the ban on inter-state movement, directing the police to turn back all pedestrians trekking to Lagos from boundary highways.
The Governor said the task of ridding the State of the ravaging virus must be a collective responsibility and not a task for the Government alone. He advised residents to adhere strictly to the health measures initiated by the Government, stressing that the use of face mask was made compulsory to protect unaffected population from the virus.
Sanwo-Olu said: “We are at a critical point in the management of the COVID-19 pandemic where every citizen of the State needs to take responsibility for their health and wellbeing.
“As citizens, we have a great burden upon us, to behave responsibly. These times demand a lot from us, in terms of actions and behaviours that may not be comfortable. To stay alive and well, we have to abandon old habits and customs, and adopt new ones.”
Sanwo-Olu said the controlled and gradual easing of the five-week lockdown was to strike a balance between the protection of lives and the sustenance of livelihoods.
He praised manufacturing and construction companies for complying with terms of Government’s framework, noting that their activities, in the last five days, had made beneficial impacts on the State economy.
The Governor, however, frowned at a “very low” compliance with guidelines by operators of commercial buses, observing that yellow buses failed to comply with the capacity restrictions outlined in our framework.
He said the Government’s monitoring teams at State and Local Government levels had been working hard to raise compliance levels to 100 per cent.
Sanwo-Olu reiterated his commitment towards strengthening the State’s capacity in combating the pandemic, thanking frontline medical and emergency workers for their sacrifice to the citizens.
The Governor also hailed waste disposal teams for not relenting in their effort to keep the State health despite being vulnerable to being infected with COVID-19.
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MAY 9, 2020
A New Nigeria Beckons – says Dr. Badru …Urges Support For Tinubu, Sanwo-Olu | By Olabode Adeyeri
A New Nigeria Beckons – says Dr. Badru
…Urges Support For Tinubu, Sanwo-Olu | By Olabode Adeyeri
Dr. Enitan Dolapo Badru, Honourable Member Of The Federal House Of Representatives, Lagos Island Federal Constituency 1 and Chairman, House Committee on Industry has sent Congratulatory message to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu (GCON), as he takes mantle of leadership as the 16th President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
While addressing Newsmen in the Federal Capital Territory(FCT), Abuja, Dr. Badru reassured Nigerians at home and in the diaspora that there would be a Paradigm shift in the country for social and economic Prosperity.
He described Tinubu as the Best Leader Nigeria needs to further develop the country amidst its numerous challenges.
The Federal Lawmaker stated that a New Nigeria in which every Sector of the economy works is achievable in Tinubu’s Presidency.
Speaking further, he said: “Tinubu is a Public Administrator par Excellence, Advocate of Good Governance and Development Enthusiast. I am very optimistic that through his policies and social Intervention Programmes, the Citizenry’s standard of living would improve.
Dr. Badru reiterated that Tinubu’s administration would ensure Security of lives and properties of Nigerians, Promote Trade and commerce cum industrial Development and build a stronger bilateral relations with other countries of the world.
“As a Nationalist and Detribalised Nigerian, President Tinubu would unite the different ethnic groups across the country, promote internal-ethinc relations and religious harmony”, he said.
Dr. Badru recalled how Tinubu, through his purposeful leadership and unrelenting effort as the Governor of Lagos State between 1999 -2007 designed a Development Plan and embarked on social, economic and physical transformation of the state.
In the same vein, Dr. Badru felicitated the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu as he is Sworn-In for a second Term.
He however urged Nigerians across the country and overseas and Lagos residents to support the Tinubu-Shettima and Sanwo-Olu-Hamzat Administrations.
“I believe strongly that with your Team, you would replicate the Lagos Template in Nigeria for the advancement of our dear country”, Dr. Badru charged Tinubu.
“On your Historic Swearing-In as the President of the most populous country in Africa, I join millions of Nigerians and the Progressives family across the world to celebrate with you”, Dr. Badru concluded.
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Segun Showunmi Condoles Raymond Alegho Dokpesi, Described him as a man of all-round knowledge
Segun Showunmi Condoles Raymond Alegho Dokpesi, Described him as a man of all-round knowledge
Raymond Alegho Anthony Dokpesi. (25 October 1951 – 29 May 2023)
Ezomo my man, my thinking partner, all-round knowledge on many levels, in diverse fields, the energy of many horsepowers, detailed like an eagle, full of life, relatable across age grades, scratch that, ageless, if there was any true pan Nigerian it was my man high chief!
There was no limit to what his mind can grasp and whatever he could imagine he could build, an unusual ability to work late into the night and still be the first to be ready first thing in the morning, an administrator who keeps impeccable records.
A process thinker with the gift to compartmentalize idea lines in such a way that you had to marvel at where he gets the energy!
Restlessly unstoppable, always on the go.
A man of the strong Christian faith of the catholic order.
A lover of family, Oko Tosin, Baba Homto, Paddy Raymond Jnr. Aburo Oyofo, my man we understood each other and the mutual respect was never broken haaa, what a day to pass, what an enigma, really Raymond Alegho Anthony Dokpesi you are gone as in dead!
Who will rally those young people you provide a platform for, those you have ears for their rants and all, who will think up the next agenda for them, like they say who can understand death, nay who can understand life, I supposed neither is meant to be fully understood! Just live life and leave life, and my man Ezomo lived it his way and he had left it in his way, I can see the cheeky smile on your face. Rest now.
They will find a way to carry on, your family, your associates, your beloved Daar Communication, and your beloved PDP, Nigeria, yes we will surely miss the irreplaceable High Chief! Ezomo my man, may your soul be welcomed into the higher realms by your ancestors and all guardians of the realms.
Otunba Segun Showunmi
#inauguration# Peter Obi Cries Out
#inauguration# Peter Obi Cries Out
The Presidential Candidate of Labour Party candidate in the February 25, 2023 election Mr. Peter Obi has raised alarm on plots by his political opponents to blackmail and tarnish his image in the coming months.
In a statement, he issued early this morning but which Daily Independent got a few minutes ago, Obi said he has got the wind of the plot but it will not deter him from pursuing the good of a new Nigeria
While calling for calm, Obi said this is a time for deep reflection for all Nigerians.
He said “It is also a time to re-examine our assumptions, even as we reaffirm our hopes. Let us calmly review our aspirations, in order to recalibrate our expectations and pin down the causes of our missed opportunities and disappointments.
“We stand at that critical moment in time when, as a people, we must collectively come to grips with the reality of our injured destiny as well as the reasons for that injury. It is for us to reassess our plight as a young democracy and identify clear pathways to a better and greater future for us all.
“As we await the verdict of the election tribunal, I urge all Nigerians to use this opportunity to renew their commitment to the Nigerian ideal. That ideal remains noble and worth every sacrifice we can make”.
He called for respect for the judiciary and reminded Nigerians that “judiciary is part of the democratic enterprise and a critical governance tool for determining the propriety of the decisions and actions of every citizen and every institution of state. To that extent, and for that reason, I urge everyone to treat it with the respect and dignity it deserves”.
Obi said Nigerians expect that the Nigerian judiciary will use the election cases now before it to reaffirm its independence and integrity. It has to do so, for all our sakes and for itself”.
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