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Friday, May 15, 2020

Lockdown vote: Lagosians kick LASG - ITREALMS

The Lagos State government may end up with another lockdown of the commercial city considering the level of support of the ongoing online voting, as Lagosians kick any attempt to foster lockdown, reports ITREALMS.

This is coming as Lagosians beseech the @officialLASG, which is the formal Twitter handle for the Lagos State government to cast their votes on whether they want further lockdown, no lockdown or neutral.

LASG, ITREALMS recalled, has introduced online voting to determined following reported unsatisfactory compliance to the relaxed lockdown.

ITREALMS reports that LASG @officialLASG, asked that considering the level of compliance with government's directives on limiting the spread of Covid-19 in a Lagos State, “should the State Government impose another lockdown or not?”

Barely 21 hours left to the end of the voting period, ITREALMS gathered that lockdown has 49.4 per cent, don’t lockdown scored 40 per cent and neutral got 10.7 per cent.

All things being equal, if by the end of this voting session, the lockdown votes still lead, tendency is that the state governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, could declare another lockdown using the outcome of the vote as reason.

ITREALMS gathered that Lagos had been on lockdown almost five days before the presidential lockdown commenced for 21 days before it was relaxed last week Monday.

As at the time of filing this report, ITREALMS also gathered that some 74,055 votes have been casted across the three options.

Meanwhile, some of the arguments Lagosians were positing include that they did not see much effect of the lock downs before now, especially without any palliatives.

Others attributed increase in the community infection currently on the rise to lack of social infrastructure to accommodate the new order of reduced number of persons per bus.

Equally some of the voters advised LASG to consult his security chiefs and focus on more sensitization of Lagosians and improved monitoring of compliance to make a difference in the compliance.

@Sylvester2006 “Please listen to the real voices and even the heads of security agencies in Lagos, they must have told you this is not sustainable. You asked people to stay indoors and you came up with community transmission. Now, you want to go back? #dontlockdownLagos.”

This, they told ITREALMS, is the panacea, not another lockdown.

Yet, for those supporting another level of lockdown, they blamed Lagosians for lack of compliance.

The online voting on this trend which began since Tuesday, May 12, 2020, just as 
ITREALMS further gathered that even the online referendum.

Some of the responses to @OfficialLASG include:

@MinLiinx “Please don't lockdown!!! Honestly!!! Some of us almost starved to death during the stay-at-home period!!! I am tweeting from Era, Ijanikin, Otto-awori.”

@Classic84073745 “When you have more than enough public and taxpayers money to eat. Definitely, you have enough rubbish to say. A hungry man is an angry man. Provide palliative.”

@segunadejareesq "No State in Nigeria can implement an effective palliative to its citizens as they have lost touch with reality of an average Nigerian. Just put more safety measures in place & let people work to feed themselves."
Remmy Nweke/DoP

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