The Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has expressed appreciation to the Federal government for approving a 10billion grant to support the state’s efforts at ending covid-19.
In a tweet on his twitter page, Sanwo-Olu said: “Thank you, Your Excellency, President @MBuhari for understanding the critical role Lagos plays. With the approved grant to Lagos state and other measures initiated, we believe we can increase our capacity and contain the spread of #COVID19.”
Nigerian President Muhammdu Buhari had on Thursday approved the immediate release of a 10 billion Naira grant to Lagos State.
Buhari in a thread of his official Twiiter handle said the grant was to enable the state to increase its capacity to control and contain the outbreak, while also supporting other States with capacity-building.
The President also released the sum of 5 billion Naira special intervention fund to the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) to equip, expand and provide personnel to its facilities and laboratories across the country.”
The thread said; “To protect our homeland from external exposure, I directed the immediate closure of our International Airports and Land Borders for four weeks in the first instance to enable us put up the appropriate policies, processes and infrastructure to cope with suspected and confirmed cases at home, without risking a compounding of the situation with more imported cases.
“The inconvenience caused by these flight and travel restrictions to our fellow citizens abroad who want to return home is regrettable, but it is necessary for the greater good, and I thank you all for your understanding and cooperation.
“I have also directed that only cargo vessels that have been at sea for more than 14 days be allowed to dock in our ports, after the crew have been tested and confirmed disease-free by the Port Health Authorities.
“This 14-day restriction, however, does not apply to vessels carrying oil and gas products as by their nature, there is minimal human contact.
“We have also suspended the movement of commuter trains to limit the spread of the virus to other parts of the country.
“I have directed the NCDC to draft all its recent retirees back into service to beef up our manpower as we respond to the pandemic.”
“Furthermore, all NCDC staff and experts who are away on training or international assignments are to return immediately.
“Already the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) are conducting an evacuation mission to bring back some of our specialists in Central Africa, to enable them support the national response.
“I commend the monetary policy authorities for their financial intervention to support our entrepreneurs and companies as we go through this difficult time.
“We are also looking at fiscal measures to minimise the negative impact of this pandemic on the livelihood of millions of Nigerians.”
“As you are aware we have begun the process of reviewing the federal budget. We shall communicate our fiscal interventions once the budget review process is concluded.”
Nigeria, as at Friday has 65 confirmed cases of coronavirus, 44 of which were recorded in Lagos.