As Residents Return to Work Gradually Today, Correspondents X-Ray Level of Safety Compliance…

Written by on May 4, 2020


Movement of people and resumption of other services resumed fully in Lagos early today as part of efforts to ease the lockdown occasioned by the Coronavirus pandemic.

Newsreel observed that transport operators are adhering to the guidelines as stipulated by the the government as regard the number of passengers and the provision of hand washing facilities in some of the motor parks.

The Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, Lagos State Council, Musiliu Akinsanya, has however, directed commercial drivers not to allow passengers without face mask to board their vehicles.

Mr. Akinsanya, said the union has set up a Task Force Unit to arrest any union member that violates the guidelines.

According to him, only motor park chairmen and park attendants are allowed to resume at their respective motor parks.

This, he said, was aimed at reducing crowd at the motor parks.

The NURTW boss said operational time for commercial buses is between 8am and 7pm, while Tricycle Owners and Operator are to abide by the government’s directive of carrying two passengers at a go.

Meanwhile, residents in Ogun State who work in Lagos will not be permitted to move out or into the State as the lockdown eases from today.

This was contained in a statement on the latest guidelines by the Ogun State Government as part of efforts to contain the interstate spread of the Coronavirus pandemic.

All essential service personnel will continue to work while all public, religious gatherings remained banned.

Burials and naming ceremonies not exceeding fifteen persons including the officiating ministers are allowed.

According to the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, fifty-six infections have been recorded in the State.

Meanwhile In a chat with Radio one, some Lagos residents described the decision as the best option to save the economy from total collapse, others see it as a move that could lead to an upsurge in the cases of the virus.

They explained that it was not the right time to ease the movement restrictions as the cases are increasing daily with attendant deaths.

However, they expressed worry over the economic challenges and urged the governments to do more enlightenment campaign on the reality and danger of coronavirus disease.

The respondents appealed to the government to ensure strict enforcement of its regulations on social distancing and health authorities advisories on personal and respiratory hygiene.

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