With the President announcing the ease on the lockdown imposed in some state, come 4th May, 2020, the first day of the ease is seen with a large number of residents in both Lagos and Abuja, flooding the highways, banks and bus stops with people totally ignoring the social distancing rule.
On the day one of the ease on the lockdown lots of Lagos and Abuja residents trooped out with many flouting the social distancing rule,with few people putting on face masks, Gridlock experienced on major highways, customers besieging banks and market places.This goes in contrary to the plea of the Governor Sanwo Olu, against flooding the roads during the ease on the lockdown, as people were seen trooping out enmasse to carry out their daily transactions, after five weeks of lockdown.
Some Twitter users have expressed their dismay as one user, Osama reminded Lagosians of the inadequate availability of test kits as well as bed spaces at the isolation centers.
Another Twitter user, Orisesan Oladimeji, shared picture showing a large people number of people standing outside enmasse at GTB Bank in Lagos, on the first day of the ease.
In the Federal Capital Territory of Abuja, residents also trooped out, as taxis and private car owners flooded the highways, forming Gridlock in some places like. A. Y. A, Mpapae and others as people struggle to get to their destination.Places in Lagos, along Ikorodu were passengers queue to wait for BRT buses was packed with people, who didn’t bother to observe the physical distancing rule, although operator of the busses permitted only those wearing the face mask to board the bus.While in some areas in Lagos Agege, Oshodi, Egbeda, Badagry recorded high number of motorists and people, seen struggling for buses in some areas with high number persons, not wearing the face mask.
Commercial banks experienced large turn out, as lots of people were seen struggling to gain entrance into the bank premises, with security men struggling to restore calm and order and as well compliance of few persons not more than 60 inside the bank.
One will only hope that this ease on the lockdown, in areas with high Covid-19 cases, would not lead to a disaster, with large number of persons infected with the deadly virus.