By Idowu Abdullahi,
The Lagos State Government has ordered personnel of the state’s Traffic Management Authority, (LASTMA) to enforce motorists compliance to use of face masks statewide as directed by health experts in the frontline against coronavirus.
It explained that the move had become imperative after the gradual easing of lockdown and reopening of the economy which necessitated residents of the state commuting to their various places of work in nooks and crannies of the state.
LASTMA General Manager, Olajide Oduyoye, said the directives was part of measures by the Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu-led administration to mitigate community spread of the virus after the gradual easing of lockdown.
Oduyoye, through a statement by the agency’s Asst. Director, Public Affairs, Filade Olumide, maintained that LASTMA personnel, in line with the government order commence enforcement of face masks compliance and social distancing among commuters in the state.
He noted that since the pandemic has caused a lot of distortion in daily lives around the world, residents of the state must will have to learn to live with the virus by adhering to measures put in place by the government to curtail spread of the virus.
“LASTMA officers will be enforcing the relaxed lock down directives as announced by the State Government which includes the compulsory use of face mask in public places, frequent washing of hands, use of hand sanitizer, physical/social distancing, reduction in passenger carrying capacity in public transport vehicles among others,” the statement said.