The Lagos state police command said it has relocated checkpoints for ease of movement in other to avoid bottlenecks of those providing essential service to stem the challenges of Coronavirus pandemic that has been ravaging the country.
This development surfaced as a result of the challenges those providing essential service are faced with because of the interstate lockdown that is emplaced in other to sustain some levels of containments in the states of the federation.
President Buhari had initially handed down a total lockdown in three states of the federation which include Ogun, Lagos and the federal capital territory before it was relaxed but that did not include the interstates lockdown and the continuous regulations coming from states in the federation and the presidential task force (PTF) put in place by the president that is saddled with the responsibilities of managing those various challenges.
The Lagos state Police Public Relation officer, Dsp Bala elkana in a statement said the development was what made the commissioner of police, CP Hakeem Odumosu in company of other officers in Lagos and Ogun state to monitor compliance with curfew order.
He said the monitoring team noticed that some essential service workers were trapped in the gridlock that builds up during a thorough check especially on trucks likely to have large numbers of persons concealed for interstates travel, adding that it took a lot of efforts from the CP and his team to create alternative routes for those on essential duties to pass.
Elkana said the observation made by commissioners of police and his team informed the decision to relocate the enforcement checkpoints to more spacious and conductive location.
“The new locations have more intersections that have the ability to sustain safety with other ancillary services like u-turn with easily turn back vehicles that are not on essential duties thereby paving the way for essential services workers to move to their various destinations”.
According to the presidential guidelines, essential services workers include hospitals, and all related medical establishments as well as organizations in health care related manufacturing and distribution.
Commercial establishments such as food, processing, distribution and retail entities, power generation, transmission and distribution companies and private security companies are also exempted; access will be restricted and monitored.
Workers in telecommunication companies, broadcasters, print and electronic media staff who can prove they are unable to work from home are also exempted.
elkana said Nigerians in need of complaints should Endeavour to call this following numbers 09010512352, 09010512353, 09010512355, 09010512356, 09010512358.