The lawmaker representing Badagry Federal Constituency, Mr Babatunde Hunpe, has urged his constituents to obey all directives by the Federal Government and Lagos State Government in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus in Nigeria.

Hunpe gave the advice in an interview with Nigeria News Agency on Sunday in Badagry.

According to the lawmaker, directives and orders given so far on the deadly virus is in the interest of individuals and Nigerians in general.

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Hunpe urged the people of Badagry not to panic in the face of the current situation, but ensure that they adhere strictly to all the preventive measures as recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

He said: “Christians and Muslims for now should avoid a gathering of more than 50 as instructed by the state government in order to get rid of the virus.

“Services and prayers that will involve congregation at this moment should be avoided in the interest of the state.

“I am appealing to Christians and Muslims in Badagry communities to strongly discourage members from attending any activities even if they are only experiencing mild symptoms.

“The COVID-19 symptoms include respiratory problems, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

“In case you notice residents with these symptoms, please direct the person to the nearest hospital, so that he will be diagnosed.”

Hunpe appealed to parents to guide their wards now that the federal government and state government had closed tertiary, secondary and primary schools in the country.

“Now that the Federal Government has ordered the closure of universities and unity schools, LASG has also closed primary and secondary schools, let us keep our wards safe.

“Let us ensure that at this period our children do not go out unnecessarily, we should protect them very well.

“We should observe a cleaner environment and make sure that we wash our hands regularly with soap and water ,” he said.

The lawmaker said that Badagry being a border community, the residents had to be very careful with visitors from neighbouring communities.

“All eyes are on us as residents of border community, we should be careful of who visits us and where we go.

“We are in a trying period, but I can assure you that by God’s grace, as we survived Ebola in 2014, we will also get rid of this coronavirus,” he said.

Hunpe urged the security agencies at the Seme border post and Owode-Apa border to put more security measures in place on the trans-border activities and movements to protect the people of Badagry communities and residents in general from COVID-19.

He commended the people of Badagry for always supporting the policies and programmes of the Buhari-led administration for the betterment of the country.

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