Sanwo-olu Suspends Okada, Lagos Tests 1.5 Million Households


The Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo – Olu , has directed the suspension of commercial motorcycles , popularly known as
okada in all areas of the state till further notice .
Sanwo -Olu , at a briefing on Wednesday, said the suspension was to check the spread of COVID -19 in the state .
The governor also said the state had covered over 1 . 5 million households in its house -to – house active case search .
He said , “Commercial motorcycles , popularly known as okadas, are to suspend their operations statewide, except for those motorcycles used for courier and logistics purposes.
“ Tricycles ( kekes) operating in unrestricted areas , must not carry more than two passengers per trip and must ensure appropriate social distancing is maintained between passengers . ”
Sanwo -Olu said the state government would be implementing the dusk – to – dawn curfew announced by the President , Major General Muhammadu Buhari ( retd. ) , from Monday.
The governor ordered commercial motorists to use face masks and not to take more than 60 per cent of their full capacity .
“ There will be a dusk – to -dawn curfew from 8pm to 6 am daily . This means that we expect all Lagos residents to stay in their homes in these hours, except those in essential services .
“ All commuters are mandated to wear face masks at all times , sanitise with alcohol -based sanitizer or wash their hands with soap under running water before and after every trip . ”
The governor urged banks to open all their branches and offer full complement of their services to the public .
He , however , said banking operations must fall within the stipulated hours of 9am to 3 pm.
“ Companies that choose to operate within this controlled easing phase are to operate between 9 am and 3 pm. They are also directed to operate at a maximum of 60 per cent of their staff capacity .
“ All entertainment centres , such as cinemas , arcades , bars , casinos, day clubs , nightclubs and beaches shall remain closed till further notice , ” Sanwo – Olu said .
He added that the government ’ s whistleblower channels would be fully opened to report companies that would flout the new directives .
On the 1 . 5 million households covered in its house – to -house active case search , Sanwo – Olu said, “ So far , we have covered over 1 . 5 million households; and we are also continuing to scaleup our isolation and treatment capacity . The isolation centre at Gbagada opens tomorrow ( Thursday ) , and we are currently working on building three additional isolation centres in the state . ”

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