Governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola, has said living with the Ebola Virus Disease, EVD, was not a death sentence. He emphasised regular hand-washing with soap and water as an essential preventive tip against contracting the virus. Fashola was speaking at a retreat for members of the state executives, and permanent secretaries, on Sunday.
The governor also stated that he has not received the N200 million assistance fund announced by Federal Government to fight the deadly disease. He assured the state government is prepared for the worse and hope for the best in containing the spread of the virus.
“The Ebola virus attack in Nigeria is the first time such incident will be occurring in an urban centre. The whole world is watching us on how we will deal with it, which may become a defining experience for the global community,” Fashola stated.
Fashola also used the forum to announce his government preparedness to bring government closer to residents by upgrading its e-governance platform.
“You can see that we now have a platform for vehicle licensing and number plate registration; we also have a platform for tax card issuance, a platform for Certificate of Occupancy and the GIS platform.
“We are now integrating that platform to make it easier for residents and citizens to enter and deal with us from a one-stop centre on the internet via applications and all that, so that citizens do not have to move from one place to the other, one application to the other. That is a commitment that we have made, that we have to ramp up”, he said.