Update: Buhari halts movement in Lagos, Abuja, Ogun on coronavirus pandemic
President Buhari on Sunday restricted all movements in Lagos and the FCT for an initial period of 14 days with effect from 11pm on Monday, 30th March 2020. This restriction will also apply to Ogun State due to its close proximity to Lagos and the high traffic between the two States.
The President announced this in his maiden nationwide broadcast on the coronavirus pandemic and steps the government is taking as well as new measures to contain the deadly pandemic.
By this directive, all citizens in these areas are to stay in their homes. Travel to or from other states should be postponed. All businesses and offices within these locations should be fully closed during this period, he said.
The Governors of Lagos and Ogun States as well as the Minister of the FCT have been notified.
Also, heads of security and intelligence agencies have also been briefed.
The president said government will use this containment period to identify, trace and isolate all individuals that have come into contact with confirmed cases. We will ensure the treatment of confirmed cases while restricting further spread to other States.
He said however that the new order does not apply to hospitals and all related medical establishments as well as organizations in health care related manufacturing and distribution.
According to him, commercial establishments including; food processing, distribution and retail companies, petroleum distribution and retail entities, power generation, transmission and distribution companies, and private security companies are also exempted.
He however warbled that although these establishments are exempted, access will be restricted and monitored.
The President also said Workers in telecommunication companies, broadcasters, print and electronic media staff who can prove they are unable to work from home are also exempted.