Members of the Lagos state House of Assembly have charged the Federal and the Lagos State governments on prevention of the spread of COVID-19 Delta variant by proper monitoring of immigrants into the country.
This was part of the motion raised by Hon. Rotimi Olowo (Somolu 1) on the third wave of COVID-19 during plenary on Thursday.
Olowo stated that the Federal Government should ensure that people coming from abroad should be quarantined for one week, and that they should go through mandatory COVID-19 test.
“The Lagos State government should embark on the enlightenment of members of the public on the need to observe COVID-19 protocols such as covering their nose, washing of hands and maintaining social distance.
“The Lagos State governor should direct the state Commissioner for Health to ensure proper COVID-19 tests across the state.
“There should be enlightenment in schools, churches/mosques, markets and clubs and COVID-19 vaccines must be made available to the people of the state,” he said.
The lawmaker added in the Motion that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu should be commended for raising the alarm on the new wave of the pandemic.
He added that the state government should have desks in the airports in the state to ensure proper register of immigrants and ensure that they are quarantined, while their home addresses should be known.
Contributing to the motion, Hon. Oluyinka Ogundimu (Agege 2) said that it was important to test the people coming from abroad, while Hon. Victor Akande (Ojo1) said that efforts should be made to stop the spread of the disease in the state.
Also, Hon. Abiodun Tobun (Epe 1) stated that Nigerian leaders should be proactive on the matter, and that some people that travel abroad from the state could also import the ailment.
In his contributions, Hon. Richard Kasunmu (Ikeja 2) said that precautionary measures should be taken against the pandemic and blamed the Nigerian youths for their attitudes toward the pandemic in the past.
Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu (Eti Osa 2) said that those coming from abroad should be quarantined, which he said isnot being done at the moment.
In his comments, Hon. Setonji David (Badagry 2) said that COVID-19 vaccines should be made available to all the members of the public.
The Speaker of the House, Rt. (Hon) Mudashiru Obasa, stated that people could not be locked down at this moment due to the economic downturn in the country, but that it was important that precautionary measures should be taken to prevent the spread of the pandemic in the state.
Obasa, who directed the Clerk of the House, Mr. Olalekan Onafeko to get inform Governor Sanwo-Olu of the state on the motion through a letter, said the current COVID-19 vaccines might not cover the third wave of the pandemic.