The Federal Government of Nigeria has monitored the first day of ease lockdown in Lagos and Abuja yesterday. Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 expressed their dissatisfaction over the high rate of disobedience to guidelines of easing lockdown in Lagos and Abuja yesterday. The Presidential Task Force may be left with no option to report back to President Buhari who will eventually announce another lockdown in Lagos, Abuja and Ogun State.
A lot of residents in Lagos trooped out en-mass on Monday and many of them did not adhere to social distancing, nose covering and other guidelines stipulated for the first phase of easing lockdown in Lagos, Abuja and Ogun State.
For instance, some of the commercial banks that opened yesterday was crowded with people. These people did not observe social distancing and some of them did not put on a face mask. Also, some of the commercial buses disobeyed the rule of social distancing and nose mask.
A member of the Presidential Task Force Chikwe Ihekweazu, who is also the Director-General of the Nigeria Centre of Disease Control (NCDC) said during the Presidential Task Force briefing.
“Today, we might forgive a little bit because it was the first day. However, we will have infections because of what happened today (yesterday), no doubt about that.
“But what is more important is how we can learn from the mistakes of today (yesterday) into tomorrow and into next tomorrow, so that by Friday, hopefully, they will have normalised some of these things.
“The challenge for us as a society is how we now organise ourselves to mitigate this risk to limit transmission from each other. We don’t want an explosion of new infections.
“But if we do have that explosion, there will be almost no choice left for the leadership of the country than to ask all of us to go back into our homes.
“For the benefits of having a few hours a day of coming out and reopening parts of the economy, there is a price to pay and that price is that we organise ourselves to do this strictly,” Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Chikwe Ihekweazu, said. He spoke during the daily briefing of the task force in Abuja yesterday.