COVID-19: TUC in support of proposed Lagos Lockdown


The Lagos State Council of the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) declared its support for any complete lockdown of the state in order to curb further spread of coronavirus.

A Guardian news report revealed that the Union disclosed their feelings in a joint statement released by Its Chairman, Mr Gbenga Ekundayo, and Secretary, Mr Abiodun Aladetan.

According to the Union, a complete lockdown is what the state needs right now, as the number of confirmed cases increases by the day, they believe the state needs to take severe methods to deal with the pandemic in order to avoid a replication of what is going on in the US and Italy.

“This pandemic is real and critical; we can see the devastating impact in Italy and presently in the U.S.

“As at March 23, 2020, the U.S has 34,407 cases at about 4:35p.m Nigerian time, according to CNN, a media organisation.

“This figure almost doubled in the space of 24 hours; the only way to break the circle of spread is total lockdown, which is what the government is gradually progressing toward,” The statement read in part.

The Union pleaded with the people of Lagos state and Nigerians at large to maintain self-isolation, good personal hygiene and social distancing, as they are very necessary at this point in time.

“We all have a role to play to stay safe, must follow all directives and maintain personal hygiene, social distancing and stay at home; though, this will not be easy, but it is necessary.

“We all must come together to fight this battle; government will provide leadership, but the citizens must show understanding and cooperation so that all efforts of the government can yield positive results” The statement added

The Union also urged corporations and other philanthropists to assist the government in any way they can, to fight the on-going battle with coronavirus.

“We call on corporate bodies, individuals, religious bodies, among others, to assist the government in whatever way they can by providing resources, sanitizers, face mask through relevant agencies.” The statement read as reported by the Guardian.


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