Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State has enjoined the people of the State to endure the 14-day extension lock down of the State, which he described as a necessary sacrifice needed to defeat the deadly pandemic.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Kunle Somorin, Governor Abiodun, while responding to the national broadcast of the president, commended President Muhammadu Buhari for providing the necessary leadership, especially, the federal government’s efforts to combat the dreaded coronavirus in the country.
He said the sacrifice was crucial to defeat ‘’an invisible and deadly enemy that requires its victims as unwitting vectors of its deadly venom’’, adding that, “we must deny the virus the vital supply chain required to decimate humanity by complying with all the social distancing measures and maintaining personal hygiene”.
According to the statement, Governor Abiodun reiterated his administration’s commitment to its twin-responsibility of protecting lives and property and ensuring citizens’ welfare, noting that, COVID-19 pandemic has created an unusual challenge to strike a delicate balance of need for public safety and welfare of the citizenry.
The statement informed that the current window of relaxation of the lockdown in the state from 7.00am to 2.00pm, as obtained last week, would still be available on Wednesday, 15 and Friday 17 April, 2020, to allow residents prepare for the extension of the lockdown and restock on food and other essential items, maintaining however, that the State borders remain closed.
The statement emphasised that people should only go out if it was absolutely necessary and are required at all times when outside their homes to wear a face mask, including locally made masks, observe other social distancing measures, adding that the State would soon commence strict enforcement of wearing of face mask in the public, as it has been shown to help flatten the spread of the virus.
The Governor, in the statement also announced that the distribution mechanism of the State’s relief materials has been fine-tuned to make it more effective and efficient in the delivery to the target population of the elderly, the poor and vulnerable.
The statement confirmed that the relief items have so far been distributed to over 60,000 households of the elderly, the poor and vulnerable in the State, covering about 300,000 individuals, just as the next phase of distribution to additional 80,000 households of estimated 400,000 people across the 236 wards would commence soon.
Governor Abiodun, according to the statement, thanked the security agencies, “for moving swiftly to curtail the nefarious activities around our border communities with Lagos and promptly arresting over 150 suspects”.
He assured residents of the State that, no stone would be left unturned in his avowed determination not to make the State a safe haven for crimes and criminals.
“The law enforcement agents have been directed to deal ruthlessly with anyone taking advantage of the pandemic to engage in any form of criminal activity.
“Our State Task Force on COVDI-19, the health team, frontline medical personnel, law enforcement agents and all those involved in the supply and distribution of relief items, deserve our gratitude for their commitment and resilience in the face of this unprecedented call to duty. When we defeat COVID-19, as we must, history will record you all as heroes and heroines of this trying period in human history”, he said.
The residents of the State, Governor Abiodun noted, have also demonstrated an uncommon perseverance, hope and high spirit in the face of this debilitating virus.
“Together, we will triumph over this challenge and, together, we will build the future of our State’’, he assured.