The fight to protect us from #COVID19 will involve rapidly evaluating situations and making decisions. Starting tomorrow, for the next 14 days, Lagos State Civil Servants from Level 1-12 will work from home and have been given strict instructions on social distancing.
We are mobilising our secondary and tertiary health facilities in the state while a new Isolation Centre is being set up at Gbagada General Hospital.
Our retired health professionals have been put on notice to join us in fighting #COVID19, if and when we require them.
This work-from-home excludes our first responders, medical personnel, fire fighters, members of emergency services, those in waste management operations and all those in essential services.
There will be no let up in our determination to battle #COVID-19 to a standstill.
This is not the time to attack the government, it is a time to work with us. Our agencies are empowered to enforce our new rule for events and other gatherings. This is not a religious issue but one of common sense and responsibility.
Our sensitisation efforts will continue to go out on all channels; on radio in our indigenous languages to television, to the internet channels and through grassroot community information dissemination. If we have to use town criers, we will use them.
Changes are being made to state run transportation, we will enforce safe number of passengers in our vehicles and also work with all our partners for other transportation channels in the state. We need to flatten the curve as we work together to stop the spread of #COVID19.
I appeal to the private sector to join us in enforcing social distancing and public gathering by making adjustments to how their employees work and move around. We also want to appeal to our power distribution companies to do all they can in this period to make life easier.
With the cooperation of the people towards obeying the public health guidelines, I believe this will pass us by in no time.
Let’s all do the right thing.