Coronavirus: Passengers at FCT motor parks left stranded as lockdown takes effect

By Amara Christa

Passengers moving out of the FCT have been left stranded as the lockdown directive takes effect

President Muhammadu Buhari gave the directive restricting movement in Abuja, Lagos and Ogun due to the coronavirus pandemic

– Following the directives, most commercial motorists in the FCT have complied, leaving passengers moving to other states stranded

Following a lockdown on the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), passengers travelling to the northeast and other regions of the country have been left stranded.

President Muhammadu Buhari had on Sunday, March 29, ordered lockdown and restriction of movements in Abuja and other two states due to the growing cases of coronavirus pandemic.

The president gave the directive during a presidential broadcast on Sunday evening, recalls.

Daily Trust checks have now revealed that movement of passengers from the FCT to other places across the country have been hindered due to the directives.

Although some motor parks have not yet complied with the orders, passengers travelling to states that have imposed interstate movement have also reduced.

Earlier, reported that Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, governors of Lagos, has made a statement of enforcement on President Muhammadu Buhari’s order mandating a restriction of movement in the state from Monday, March 30.

Reiterating the directives of the president, Governor Sanwo-Olu said Lagos will be on lockdown with movement totally restricted pending the 14-day period as directed by the federal government.

He, however, added that workers who provided essential services will not be affected by the movement restriction, calling for the cooperation of the members of the general public.

In other news, the Osun government has announced the total lockdown of the state starting from Tuesday, March 31, following the confirmation of the second case of coronavirus in the state,

The government reaffirmed the commitment to shut down all the land boundaries effective from midnight, Sunday, March 29.

Governor Adegboyega Oyetola made the disclosure during a statewide broadcast on the morning of Sunday, March 29.

Oyetola maintained that there would be no movement within the state during the shutdown while those on essential duties such as health personnel, fire service, environmental officials, security personnel, power and water supply agencies, media and telecommunication officers would be on duty.

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