Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun state has set aside president Muhammadu Buhari’s order of a total lockdown of his state along with Lagos and Abuja which the president announced during his national address on Monday.
The governor said he had reached out to the presidency for an extension. He said that would enable the indegenes to brace up for the challenges of the period while his administration perfects the mechanisms which it has initiated to ameliorate the consequences of the shutdown which he reordered to commence Friday, April 3.
However, the interstate and international borders would be closed by 11:00pm, Tuesday, as directed by the President.
President’s sudden clampdown of total lockdown on the state, in order to stem the flare of COVID-19 across Nigeria, had created fears in the indegenes. It is not coronavirus infection that instilled fears in them, but worries about survival and having enough food to last the fourteen day-long shutdown.
An overwhelming percentage of the people eke out a living at the best of time. Most family simply cannot afford to stockpile a week-long food items and other essentials.
Governor Abiodun explained that, in the intervals, food and palliatives will be provided at designated areas while movement within the state would be allowed.