The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, on Monday, demanded that the Federal Government has no arrangement to force a new lockdown on Nigeria as the nation fights the second influx of the Covid pandemic.
Mohammed, who talked at a gathering in Lagos, in any case, spoke to Nigerians to cling to all conventions plot by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.
The priest stated, “On the issue of lockdown, I don’t think there is whenever the Federal Government has said it will have a subsequent lockdown. Notwithstanding, the Federal Government is extremely troubled that Nigerians are not clinging to the essential Covid-19 conventions of wearing face veils, or practicising social separating, of washing hands, of guaranteeing that they do assemble in enormous numbers.
“On the off chance that we don’t do these, the flood will proceed and with the new strain of Covid-19 which is getting substantially more hard to deal with than the old strain, the Federal Government will proceed to demand and urge Nigerians to please comply with the Covid-19 conventions.
“The Federal Government knows about the financial and social ramifications of a subsequent lockdown yet we need to approach Nigerians to help us, help themselves and help the economy, by holding fast carefully to the Covid-19 conventions.”
The Federal Government had in March 2020 secured the Federal Capital Territory just as Lagos and Ogun States for more than five weeks as a component of measures to control the spread of COVID-19 during the principal wave of the pandemic. The lockdown tremendously affected financial exercises with the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry putting the misfortune at about N3bn in the period under audit.
Numerous positions were additionally lost as carriers, inn, banks, among others slice their labor force because of the devastating impact of the lockdown.