COVID-19: Government restricts aircraft, vehicular movements in Lagos, Abuja, Ogun

Timothy Choji, Abuja


Sequel to the lockdown order imposed on Lagos and Ogun States as well as the Federal Capital Territory, movements of both private and commercial aircrafts as well as vehicles in these areas has also been restricted.

Presidenr Muhammadu Buhari, who gave the order in his broadcast to the nation on Sunday, said the aim is to contain the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic.

He said: Movements of all passenger aircraft, both commercial and private jets, are hereby suspended. Special permits will be issued on a needs basis.

We are fully aware that such measures will cause much hardship and inconvenience to many citizens. But this is a matter of life and death, if we look at the dreadful daily toll of deaths in Italy, France and Spain.  

“However, we must all see this as our national and patriotic duty to control and contain the spread of this virus. I will therefore ask all of us affected by this order to put aside our personal comfort to safeguard ourselves and fellow human beings. This common enemy can only be controlled if we all come together and obey scientific and medical advice.

As we remain ready to enforce these measures, we should see this as our individual contribution in the war against COVID-19. Many other countries have taken far stricter measures in a bid to control the spread of the virus with positive results.

Relief Package
He however announced a relief package for residents of the affected state, whose livelihood would be affected by the measure.

“For residents of satellite and commuter towns and communities around Lagos and Abuja whose livelihoods will surely be affected by some of these restrictive measures, we shall deploy relief materials to ease their pains in the coming weeks,” he said.

The Nigerian leader further directed the continuation of some of the social investment programmes of government, to ease the pains of most vulnerable Nigerians.

“Furthermore, I have directed that a three-month repayment moratorium for all TraderMoni, MarketMoni and FarmerMoni loans be implemented with immediate effect.

“I have also directed that a similar moratorium be given to all Federal Government funded loans issued by the Bank of Industry, Bank of Agriculture and the Nigeria Export Import Bank.

“For on-lending facilities using capital from international and multilateral development partners, I have directed our development financial institutions to engage these development partners and negotiate concessions to ease the pains of the borrowers.

“For the most vulnerable in our society, I have directed that the conditional cash transfers for the next two months be paid immediately. Our Internally displaced persons will also receive two months of food rations in the coming weeks,” President Buhari directed.