Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Saturday called on all Nigerians to take responsibility as the nation joins the global community in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
He spoke as a guest speaker at the Virtual edition of the Lagos Leadership conference, themed, ‘Leading in extraordinary times.’
It was broadcast via Plus TV Africa.
Sanwo-Olu said the firm realisation that Lagos was the Nigerian epicentre of the pandemic, and that the whole of country was looking up to the state for leadership had been a driving force for his administration’s response to pandemic.
He said, “COVID-19 pandemic is global and all of us have a role to play. Everybody has a role to play. It is only when everybody plays that role that we can put this pandemic behind us very quickly. As a government, we will continue to lead that conversation.
“We should continue to have various levels of engagement and various levels of communication.
“Everybody must be seen taking responsibility at this stage. We are fully out there and what is just remaining for us is just to keep this momentum and we believe that we will come out of it stronger and better.
“I will ask each and every one of us to take full responsibility, especially for our loved ones and ourselves. When we are going out, let us ensure we continue to obey the protocols. Let us wear our facemasks.
“Let us ensure we keep social distance or physical distancing and continue to listen to our health practitioners and the advice they give us.
“If you have any symptoms, do not wait until when it becomes very severe; get yourself a test, get yourself into one of our isolation centres and we can assure you that, you will be treated well and you will get well at the end of the day.”
The governor assured the residents that the state government would ensure that all secondary and primary health facilities in the state become a topnotch and available for citizens of the state, adding that his administration would ensure that the lessons of COVID-19 were not lost.
He said, “As a government, we will stop at nothing to ensure that; one, we scale up our infrastructural capability. We are doing that and we will continue to do that, even post-COVID to ensure that all our secondary and primary health facilities become a topnotch and available for our citizens to have access.”