By OKUNADE ADEKUNLE
Lagos State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has commended the Lagos state government for its courageous , inspiring , professional and reassuring response to the coronavirus scourge in the state.
In a statement issued by the Publicity Secretary, Mr Seye Oladejo, the party explained that the state government had reactivated its bio-banking and bio-security laboratory at the Infectious diseases laboratory at Yaba before the index case incident.
” The state governor, Mr Babajide Sanwoolu announced himself as the Incident Commander in words and in deed.
The state government embarked on massive sensitization and enlightenment programs through various media to draw the attention of Lagosians to the danger called COVID 19.
” The governor has been responding to the dictates of the times. He , at various times, closed down schools, religious gatherings , clubs and bars. He disseminated the message of social distancing and directed civil servants from grade level 1-12 to stay at home. He also directed that motor parks, gyms, stadia and beauty salons should be shut down. All these directives preceded the lockdown of the state as announced during the presidential address.
” The Lagos State House of Assembly passed into law a bill titled: ‘ A Law to Combat and Stop the Spread of Coronavirus Pandemic in Lagos State and for Connected Purposes’.
” The law among others empowers the State Governor to spend at least N20B to combat the pandemic in the state.
” It also empowers the security agencies to arrest residents who flout directives aimed at stopping the spread of COVID 19 pandemic in the state.
“This was a commendable display of collaboration between the executive and legislative arms of government in the overall interest of the state. The speed and the smooth passage of the bill further underscored the commitment of the law makers.
” The Lagos State Government, as a measure of its responsiveness and responsibility, set up temporary food markets in some schools across the state to cushion the effect of the closure of major markets in the state.
“In furtherance of its social intervention efforts, the state government provided food stimulus package for Lagos residents targeting 200,000 households.
” There’s no doubt that the inspiring response of Mr. Governor served as an impetus for the Organized Private Sector and other well meaning individuals to make generous donations to the state government to combat the COVID 19 scourge”, said Lagos APC
“As a party , we acknowledge and appreciate the sacrifice of those in the frontline of the battle to protect all and sundry. They are in our prayers and we reassure them that they have a special place in history for this great effort”, said Lagos APC
The party expressed satisfaction on the conduct of the law enforcement agencies in the free first few days of the lockdown, urging them to remain calm and professional all through.
The party enjoined all Lagosians to continue to cooperate with the government in the historic battle against COVID 19 by obeying all measures put in in place for our collective wellbeing.
” Without any doubt, the events of the past few days, has underscored the fact that leadership is earned in unusual trying moments as the COVID 19 scourge represents.
“Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwoolu has led the battle from the front by his provision of the wherewithal for our medical practitioners to deliver, provide succor for the vulnerable and by his time to time interaction with the citizens”, said Lagos APC
While the party supported the efforts of the Lagos State Government so far, it urged all and sundry to provide the needed cooperation at all times.