December 1, 2023

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New COVID-19 Variant: Lagos Assembly Urges FG, State Govt. To Prevent Spread

Members of the Lagos State House of Assembly have called on the Federal and the Lagos State Governments to ensure proper monitoring of immigrants into the country to prevent the spread of the third wave of COVID-19.

This was part of the Motion raised by Hon. Rotimi Olowo (Shomolu) on the third wave of COVID-19 during plenary on Thursday.

Olowo, who doubles as the Chairman of the House Committee on Finance, stated that the Federal Government should ensure that people coming from abroad should be quarantined for one week, and that they should go through mandatory COVID-19 test.

“The Lagos State Government should embark on the enlightenment of members of the public on the need to observe COVID-19 protocols such as covering their nose, washing of hands and maintaining social distance.

“The Lagos State Governor should direct the state Commissioner for Health to ensure proper COVID-19 tests across the state.

“There should be enlightenment in schools, churches/mosques, markets and clubs and COVID-19 vaccines must be made available to the people of the state,” he said.

The lawmaker added in the Motion that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of the state should be commended for raising the alarm on the new wave of the pandemic.

He added that the state government should have desks in the airports in the state to ensure proper register of immigrants and ensure that they are quarantined, while their home addresses should be known.

The Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, who directed the Clerk of the House, Mr. Olalekan Onafeko to get inform Governor Sanwo-Olu of the state on the motion through a letter, said that the current COVID-19 vaccines might not cover the new wave of the pandemic.

Obasa stated that the people could not be locked down at this moment due to the economic downturn in the country, but that it was important that precautionary measures should be taken to prevent the spread of the pandemic in the state.

Speaking on the Motion, Hon. Oluyinka Ogundimu (Agege 2) said that it was important to test the people coming from abroad, while Hon. Victor Akande (Ojo1) said that efforts should be made to stop the spread of the disease in the state.

Also, Hon. Abiodun Tobun (Epe 1) stated that Nigerian leaders should be proactive on the matter, and that some people that travel abroad from the state could also import the ailment.

In his contributions, Hon. Adedamola Richard (Ikeja 2) said that precautionary measures should be taken against the pandemic and blamed the Nigerian youths for their attitudes toward the pandemic in the past.

Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu (Eti Osa 2) said that those coming from abroad should be quarantined, which he said isnot being done at the moment.

“Religious centres should bring back COVID-19 protocols and the Lagos State Government should create awareness about the pandemic so that the people could start observing the protocols,” he said.

Hon. Setonji David (Badagry 2) said in his comments that COVID-19 vaccines should be made available to all the members of the public.

The assembly also commented on the resolutions of the Southern Governors Forum at their recent meeting in Lagos State.

This was brought as a motion by Hon. Akeem Shokunle (Oshodi/Isolo 1), who read the communique of the Governors during plenary.

The issue was subsequently debated by the lawmakers, who expressed support for the position of the Southern Governors.

Speaker Mudashiru Obasa said that it was important that the resolutions of the governors on rotational presidency, state police, ban on open grazing, sharing of resources to the states and others should be accepted by the Federal Government.

The Speaker then directed the Clerk of the House, Mr. Olalekan Onafeko to inform the Chairman of Southern Governors Forum, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of the state, President Muhammadu Buhari and members of the National Assembly about the position of the Assembly.

House later went on recess and adjourned sitting to Tuesday September 7, 2021.

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