, Prince Dapo Abiodun, governor of ogun state has maintained that, the state is extending the total lockdown as part of measures to flatten the coronavirus pandemic by one week based on the
feedback from public opinion poll conducted.
The Governor who spoke at the governor’s office Oke mosan, Abeokuta while briefing newsmen on the efforts of government to flatten the curve of covid-19 pandemic in the state, said the extension is necessitated based on non compliance with the safety measures put in place to curtail the spread of the deadly disease.
His words, “Interestingly, the feedback from you, the people of Ogun State, from the Public Opinion Poll hosted on the Twitter, also support the extension of the lockdown. Out of about 6,000 respondents of the online poll, 53% support the continuation of the lockdown whilst 43% want a review with 4% undecided”.
“Ideally, compliance should be seen as a moral responsibility and civic duty. Let me state that we will not tolerate any form of sabotage in our approach and efforts at flattening the curve of COVID-19 in our dear Ogun State”.
“Consequently, in view of the evidence of community transmission and poor compliance with the lockdown measures, we are constrained to extend the lockdown for another week till Sunday 24th of May”.
Abiodun stressed that, “We will continue to monitor the level of compliance with the lockdown measures and incidence of community transmission and hopefully, there will be positive developments that will enable us further ease the lockdown at the end of this new lockdown period”.
“We must also bear in mind that the daily curfew from 8pm to 6am and the ban on non-essential inter- State travel as directed by Mr. President still stands”.
“We will not tolerate any act of smuggling of people, either indigenes or non-indigenes in to our dear Ogun State. Anybody found contravening this restriction will be immediately prosecuted”.
” Let me reassure you all that your government will continue to do what is right for the general good of all the people of our dear State. But I must also state that, at this time, survival is also a personal responsibility. We must join hands to flatten the curved of COVID-19 in our dear Ogun State. As we continue to help ourselves, we must also help one another and help our Government”.
“The spike in the number of positive cases, particularly in the last one week, is attributable to two main factors. First is the expanded testing capacity, currently at 450 per day, that has enabled us to embark on aggressive testing, especially in the communities with possible high prevalence of infection such as our border communities”.
“The testing has presented us with the stark reality that community transmission is on the increase in our rural and urban communities in Ogun State”.
The Governor emphasised that, “We will keep expanding our testing capacity by deploying more personnel and testing centers to every nook and cranny of the State”.
“In spite of several warnings and the concerted efforts of our security agencies, a number of our people have continued to flout the measures in place to flatten the curve of the spread”.
He lamented that, “Some residents still come out in the public without the use of facemasks or use the facemasks in a manner that do not shield their mouths and noses; motorcycles and tricycles riders still carry more than the approved number of passengers of one and two respectively; and drivers of taxi cab and passenger buses are also culpable in this flagrant violations of the extant guidelines”.
“Our markets have also not fully compiled with physical distancing and other measures to ensure the markets do not become the COVID-19 transmission centers”.
“Between 4th May and yesterday, 108 violators of the lockdown and other measures have been apprehended and prosecuted. They were promptly tried by the newly introduced mobile courts, with some of them made to pay fine whilst some are undergoing community service. In the same vein, 517 vehicles, 109 motorcycles and 6 tricycles were impounded for breaching the Presidential directive on curfew within the same period”, he said
” Security agencies also intercepted migrants from other states, who defied the ban on interstate travels, and promptly turned them back at our borders with other states”.
“We thank the security agencies and the judiciary for the patriotic duties of apprehending and bringing to justice the violators whose activities are capable of undermining our collective wellbeing”.