Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu government of Lagos State has announced the cancellation of the planned parade for the October 1 Independence Day celebration.
This announcement was contained in a statement by the State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, who noted that all other activities involving the gathering of more than 50 people have been cancelled in the state.
The commissioner who spoke on behalf of governor Sanwo-Olu urged residents in the state not to relax their vigilance against COVID-19. According to him, the Lagos State Government has opted for a low key celebration of the 60th Independence Anniversary due to the ravaging effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The statement reads further, “Governor Sanwo-Olu directed that the planned parade and other activities that involve the gathering of more than 50 people should be cancelled.”
“He congratulates Lagosians on this auspicious occasion and strongly advises that they should celebrate quietly at home and pray for the country. They should also observe the COVID-19 protocols, including wearing of face masks to protect themselves and their loved ones.”
“The Governor urges Lagosians not to relax their vigilance against COVID-19 so as not to reverse the gains that the state has made in fighting the disease. They are to keep embracing physical distancing and washing of hands with soap and water. Anybody who feels unwell should stay indoors and contact health authorities.
“The police and other security agencies have been directed to ensure that nobody flouts these directives in the interest of all of us, especially now that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) is warning that a second wave of the deadly disease could occur.”
In another report earlier, the Federal Government of Nigeria disclosed that no fewer than eighty (80) international travellers have tested positive to Coronavirus pandemic in the country.
The development was confirmed in a statement on Tuesday, September 29 by the National Coordinator, Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Dr Sani Aliyu, Bibian Anekwe News understands.