Lagos State Governor Shuts Down Okada Operations Till Further Notice

  • Banks to reopen fully
  • 1.5 million homes have been tested
  • Social gatherings and schools to stay closed

Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Governor of Lagos State has ordered the immediate suspension of motorcycle (Okada) operations in all parts of the State till further notice.

The Governor disclosed this at a Press conference on Wednesday, saying that the suspension was to help check the spread of the Coronavirus in the State.

He added that about 1.5 million households have so far been reached 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, while he called on all banks to open all their branches and offer full services to their customers.

“There will be a dusk-to-dawn curfew from 8pm to 6am 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.”

“Companies that choose to operate within this controlled easing phase are to operate between 9am and 3pm. 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.

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