ABEOKUTA - Residents of Ogun State on Monday trooped out in their large numbers during the relaxation window defying social distancing and other safety measures put in place to checkmate further spread of coronavirus in the state.
Recall that Governor Abiodun had recently announced that “Ogun State will be very strict in the implementation of this directive.”
He also said commuters in public transport must wear face masks and buses must load to 60 per cent of their capacity.
NEWS FLAKES NG observed that at bus stops across the state, eager passengers were seen locked together as they struggled to secure a seat in available buses and taxis.
It was the same story in banks as scores of customers besieged banks as early as 7:00am in the morning, standing too close against social distancing order.
However, like offices, businesses, markets, and stores resume operation with limited hours and staff capacity, THE ENCOUNTER NEWS observed that the compulsory use of face masks announced by the government recorded appreciable compliance as many residents, old and young, complied with the order.
It was also observed that, the level of compliance, was higher among women and children against the men folks that defied the order or merely hung the mask below the chin.
Report from Ifo area said commuters and commercial bus operators plying Sango-Ota defied the social distancing directive as bus conductors insisted commuters must sit 4 on a row against two announced by the government.
At the Lafenwa and Kuto markets, market men and women failed to observe precautionary measures of social distancing as they clustered with buyers haggling over prices of goods and items.
Lagos residents flood roads
Contrary to Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s appeal against flooding the road, residents on Monday, trooped out en-masse to transact their various businesses, following a suspension of the five weeks lockdown order in the state.
Sanwo-Olu, during his 10th briefing on an update of COVID-19 in Lagos, said as the gradual easing of the lockdown commences Monday, urged residents not to take it as a license to flood the streets, saying the state could not afford to go from zero to hundred. He urged residents to still remain at home if they could work remotely and away from the office.
Lagos State on Monday commenced a modified phase of the four-week Lockdown as directed by President Muhammadu Buhari. The new phase is a gradual and controlled easing of the Lockdown, slated to last for six weeks, in three phases of two weeks each.
The goal is to enable the government to achieve a balance between the protection of lives and the sustenance of livelihoods.
NEWS FLAKES NG gathered that on the first day of the easing of the lockdown revealed total chaos as residents, motorists, commercial bus operators stormed the roads as early as 7 am.
Across the state, there were gridlocks on the roads visited. Motorists stayed long hours in traffic before getting to their destinations.
Angry Abuja residents besiege streets, banks
Residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja trooped out in large numbers following the gradual ease of the coronavirus lockdown on Monday.
Most of the residents, who were apparently angry and frustrated after over four weeks of lockdown at home, went about their normal daily activities as early as possible.
Most of the major expressways in Abuja experienced heavy vehicular traffic with presence of security operatives.
The checkpoints manned by security agencies along the major roads within and outside the city centre have not also been dismantled.
Findings by our correspondent revealed that most of the vehicles were not supposed to be on the road.
But most residents complied with the wearing of masks in the public as part of measures to curtail the spread of the deadly coronavirus pandemic.
Though many residents were seen wearing different colours of face mask, social distancing remained a major problem as many people are not observing it.
A civil servant, Mr Segun Babalola, who spoke to The Nation, said that mask usage was for betterment of everybody.
Many of both commercial and private vehicles conveying passengers, defied government’s directives on the number of passengers to pick.
The Nation also went round some banks in the city centre and some of the satellite towns.where it observed many residents insisted they must have access to their accounts after staying at home for weeks.
At some of the bank branches in Garki Areas 3 and 10, customers were not comfortable with the health and safety protocols introduced by the banks.
At one of the banks located in the highbrow Garki Area 10, some of the customers complained the crowd control measures adopted by the bank was too stringent.
An angry young man in his early 30s said he lives in Kuje Area Council but had to come to Garki where he believed there will be a better network and services to do his transactions.
According to him, he had spent close to 8 hours and could not carry out his transactions.
Also, a resident and customer to another bank located at Area 3, Mrs. Juliet Ibrahim, complained that her aim of living home early enough to the bank was defeated as she could not have access to the banking hall after about 5 hours.
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