Members of the Lagos House of Assembly on Monday called on the governor of the state, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to commence very tough enforcement of the COVID-19 protocols among residents of the state.
The lawmakers said that their decision follows the outright disregard for the protocols against the pandemic by some residents and visitors to the state.
They also urged the governor to call on the state’s commissioner for information, Mr. Gbenga Omotoso, to embark on enlightenment campaigns and education of the people concerning the dangerous effects of the pandemic on the society.
Prior to the decision of the lawmakers, Speaker of the House, Rt. (Hon) Mudashiru Obasa, noted that the state, just like the country, cannot afford another lockdown because of the adverse effect such would have on the economy.
Obasa stated that there was need for more enlightenment because COVID-19 in the state and country was taking a dreadful dimension.
He noted that the life of every Lagosian remains precious and as such, there must be conscious efforts to protect the residents.
Kicking off the debate, the Acting Chairman of the House Committee On Health, Hon. Olusola Sokunle (Oshodi/Isolo 1), raised concerns over the new wave of the virus in the state.
Sokunle, who informed his colleagues that before now that only few patients needed oxygen, stated that the current situation had changed as over 80 percent of patients need oxygen.
He proposed that apart from enlightenment, there should strict compliance to the COVID-19 protocols as well as cancelling social engagements.
He also urged that wearing of face masks should be enforced.
Sokunle’s position was supported by Hon. Rotimi Olowo and other lawmakers.
Meanwhile, in December last year, during a plenary session, the lawmakers had initially called on the governor to direct Mr Gbenga Omotoso, to intensify public enlightenment campaigns to curtail the spread of the virus among Lagosians.