Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has ordered the closure of all markets not selling essential commodities such as medical supplies, water, and foodstuff among others.
The closure of markets will be effective from 26th March 2020, is not unconnected to efforts to curtail the community transmission of coronavirus.
Sanwo-Olu said, “All open markets and stores except for sellers of food and medicines, medical equipment and other essential life-saving products are directed to close from Thursday 26th March, 2020 for the next seven days.
“It is not a total lock down, we still want people on essential services to go about their normal activities.
“We are trying to de-centralize markets in Lagos. This is why we want to use some of our closed schools as markets, so people can buy food and medicine without going a long distance.
It is only when you are alive that you can talk about economics and finance.
The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, threw his weight behind the call for the lock down over Coronavirus. “I will support total lockdown if the government decides to do that. I am in support of it. There should be a total lock down if the government observes that we are not complying”, he said.