Gaspard L. Koutchika (Mentee, The Nlele Institute Lagos)
“Reflection on the Reality of Covid -19 Pandemic in Lagos“
This is a reflection on the reality of Covid – 19 Pandemic in Lagos State, Nigeria. With many citizens apprehensive with Lockdown due to the COVID – 19, inner communities like Bariga LCDA in Lagos State Nigeria and other parts of the State have been without electricity or Power for 5 days now. On the 4th of April, 2020 electricity was restored, water was pumped from the borehole to the tank for residents to have access to water.
These are Nigerians (and Lagosians) as well and they are prone to infection as the one posed by the Corona virus. Caution is seen here “thrown into the air“. The environment is discouraging, the residents are not practicing social distancing, no face masks, obviously the COVID – 19 awareness have not gotten to the grassroots.
This situation is not only in Bariga LCDA, it’s the same in Ajegunle, Igondo, Agege, Mushin, makoko, Ajangbadi, Shibiri, Okokomaiko in Ojo area of Lagos State, Ikorodu etc.
This is different from areas like Lekki, Victoria Island, Banana Island, Agbara Estate, VGC Estate, Ikoyi et al where you see affluence and its inherent provisions, as “most“ can afford to stock up food stuff for their households, and are aware enough to engage with the present situation, ensuring safety living in very good environment, practice social distancing, washing of hands regularly and staying-at-home to monitor the events as it unfolds. My work is a tale of the paradoxical Lagos (Nigeria) in the time of COVID – 19.