25th March, 2020.
LYCDI URGE FULL COMPLIANCE ON MEASURE AGAINST SPREAD OF #COVID-19 AND DEMAND MORE EFFORTS FROM GOVERNMENT AND STAKEHOLDERS
The Leadership of Lagos Community Youth Development Initiative (LYCDI) under the leadership of Amb. Akanni Michael, State Chairman, appreciate the effort of Government against the spread of CoronaVirus epidemic in Nigeria and most especially, Lagos State Government led by Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Executive Governor of Lagos State and other Stakeholders; for the proactive approach through constant briefings and health guidelines to the residents of the State to contain the spread of CoronaVirus #COVID-19.
Our organization will continue to support state Government in the area of Community Sensitisation and Enlightenment Campaign. As the world Economy crumbles due to #Covid-19 we must prepare and put in place measures that will ensure People don’t die due to FEAR of the virus or HUNGER than the virus itself.
If we take adequate precautions and flatten the curve, then we can break the tide of this CoronaVirus outbreak. Else we have a big problem on our hands, especially for the elderly and large immunocompromised population. So far so good NCDC, Ministry of Health and other Health stakeholders have done well in the fight to contain Corona Virus but there is more to be done.
Now we are in stage 3 in which the Virus spreads through social contacts and in social gatherings. This is the most critical stage when the number of confirmed cases spread exponentially everyday (what happened in Italy between last the week of February and second week of March, the record is high). If Nigeria is not able to manage this stage over the next 2 to 4 weeks then we could have confirmed cases not in hundreds but in thousands. This next week is crucial for us in Lagos State to contain the spread of the virus. That is why most events and public gatherings should remain closed. We are using this medium to request from Government and political Office holders including Representatives in Government and also cooperate Organizations within the state; to support in curtailing the spread of the virus by providing Hand Sanitizer and other preventive substance for the use of the residents in the Communities.
LCYDI encourages all residents of the state to be involved by taking preventive measures, and support the Government to complement various prevent measures of Mr. Governor towards preventing the spread of COVID-19, adding that washing of hands with soap and water always, use of Hand sanitizer, maintaining good hygiene at all times, avoiding needless large gathering of street traders/people, as well as maintaining social distancing, among others are required of all residents across the state.
Our advice to Lagosians, is to take all precautions while at home & while outside for any important work. Precaution is NOT panic. Be a responsible citizen by following instructions/advice and educate others to remain careful for the next few weeks at least. Let us respect constituted authorities, support Government and pray for our health workers all over the world who’s precious lives are on the line. Let us put in our prayers those already infected, those whom their precious lives have been lost already and to the rest of the world not infected.
Mr. Bolaji Olamide
State P.R.O. LCYDI