Following the refusal of residents of Lagos Street, Benin City, to comply with the Edo State government’s directives to participate in an ongoing screening and testing exercise for COVID-19, the state government has ordered the immediate shutdown of the area.
Lagos Street is an epicentre of trade and commerce in Benin metropolis.
Special Adviser to the governor on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr. Crusoe Osagie, in a statement said the decision was part of efforts to contain spread of the pandemic.
Osagie said Lagos Street will remain closed to activities until residents in the area take part in the exercise to protect themselves and other members of the public, noting, “The participation of all residents in the exercise is important in curtailing the spread of the virus in the state.”
He continued, “The Edo State Government has ordered the immediate shut down of all forms of activities including trading on Lagos Street, a business hub in Benin City, over refusal of the residents to participate in the ongoing screening and testing exercise to halt the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Being a business hub, a large number of residents in Benin City and other parts of the state visit Lagos Street daily for various activities making the area a hotspot for the spread of COVID-19. This makes it important for residents and other persons in the area to participate in the exercise. Lagos Street will remain closed to all forms of activities until the residents participate in the screening, and testing exercise.”