The National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), at the weekend supported the efforts of the Lagos State Government in containing the spread of Coronavirus by distributing hand sanitisers to residents at markets, parks and other public places.
THE IIMPACT gathered that the exercise was embarked upon on the directive of the President of NULGE in Lagos State, Comrade Ajose Semako Afolabi.
According to the report gathered, a team of members of NULGE in Ikorodu Local government, led by their Chairman, Comrade Adenike Mabodu, distributed santisers and also applied it on people at BRT terminals, garages and markets within Ikorodu.
Speaking with our reporter during the exercise at Ajina market in Ikorodu, Comrade Mabodu stated that the exercise was going on simultaneously in other councils across the state.
“The exercise is going on across the 20 local governments and 37 LCDAs in the state and it is being led by the branch chairmen and other executive members of NULGE in the local councils as part of the moves to complement the efforts of the state government to curtail the spread of the virus in the state and the country at large”, she said.
She stated that the distribution of the sanitizers would continue because campaign against Coronavirus must be sustained.
“It should be a continuous exercise because the campaign against the spread of the virus will not stop until the virus is conquered to the last bit”.
Also speaking with THE IMPACT, Comrade Olaleye Olufemi Sunday, the Assistant Secretary, Ikorodu Local government NULGE chapter, stated:
“We were able to cover BRT park at Ikorodu garage, Lagos Road and later moved down to Ajina Market in Ikorodu township where so many marketers and residents were sanitised and then from there, we moved to Obun Oke, Orita Famous and some other parts of Ita Elewa down to Olowoshago House”, he said while mentioning areas covered during the exercise in Ikorodu.
The senior local government staff also charged the government to shut the borders to prevent infected persons from entering the state.
“The government has to focus more on our borders and other entry points so as not to allow any infected person from another state to come and spread the virus here in Lagos State.
Comrade Sunday also stated that government should maintain its stance on necessary precautionary directives if its efforts so far are to make any meaning.
“The state government should maintain its stance on social distancing and stay at home order, if not, the efforts they have put in so far may end up as efforts in futility. I pray such will not occur”, he prayed.
The Ikorodu LG NULGE Assistant secretary also joined others to call on government to provide food and other social aid for the people to enable them abide with the ‘ stay at home’ directive.
“They should find means of providing interventions in form of food items for those who have obeyed the ‘stay at home’ order so that hunger will not lead some of them back to the streets before the virus is conquered”.
He also commended the efforts of the Ikorodu Local Government in fumigating public places towards fighting the deadly virus.
“The Ikorodu Local Government, under the able leadership of Hon. Adesina Wasiu, has, to some reasonable extent, complemented the efforts of the state government in the fight against Covid-19. The council’s effort in fumigating public places and other crowded areas in the council is commendable”, he stated.