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Ogun Will Continue To Remain Under Lockdown If.... - Abiodun

Governor Abiodun
Michael-Azeez Ogunsiji
ABEOKUTA - The people of Ogun state may continue to remain under lockdown if they continue to show disregard for the precautionary measures medical experts have identified to curtail the spread of the global pandemic, Coronavirus. 

The state governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun disclosed this on Friday while briefing newsmen at his office in Abeokuta on the update of the COVID-19 prevention. 

The governor who expressed sadness over the flagrant abuse of the relaxation window by the people of the state, said stringent measures would be taken if the government observe that people continue to disregard medical experts advice and guidelines to curtail the spread of the global pandemic. 

Abiodun said the lives of other people cannot be put at risk and jeopardize the effort of the state government as a result of some people's lackadaisical attitude. 

He said despite warnings and the ban on interstate travels, some people have continued to smuggled people into the state and the positive cases have risen. 

The governor, therefore, added that the state government was persuaded to extend the current modified lockdown for another one week alongside the current guidelines.

He explained that, as part of the community sensitization for the full and strict implementation of the ban, traditional rulers and village heads to report any suspected movement of people especially at the border communities.

"In the last four months, humanity has lost close to 300,000 lives to an enemy which carries no physical weapon. We have all seen that this enemy has no interest in bounties of war. 

"The only interest of this enemy of humanity seems to have is to turn children into orphans; turn women into widows; turn men into widowers; and make parents, childless. Presently, our common humanity is still battling to save the lives of almost 4million people. I pray this people receive the same grace and mercy of the over 1million that have recovered from COVID-19.

"In our dear Ogun State, we thank God that that we have continued to receive His grace. But the fact is that we are recording an astronomical increase in the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19. A number which was single digit for almost three weeks before the lockdown, has suddenly jumped to 3- digits within days, even with the lockdown and the window for relaxation. 

"In the last one week, the number of confirmed cases in our dear Ogun State has risen to more than double. As at Thursday, 7th May, 2020, we had 100 confirmed cases of Covid- 19 in Ogun State. 20 of them have been discharged to re-join their respective families and restart normal life.

"I want to reassure our people that there is no reason for panic. As your Government, we will continue to do what is right, fair and proper for the benefit of all the people of our dear Ogun State. We have continued to ensure that we increase our pace and widen the coverage of our testing process. As at today, we have screened over 10,000 people and tested over 700. In addition to that, we have intensified our contact tracing capacity and have traced over 551 contacts of the COVID-19 positive patients. 

"My dear people of Ogun State, while I am not a prophet of doom, I will rather err on the side of responsibility. Reports reaching us have shown that many of our people are showing utter disregard for the precautionary guidelines, international best practices and safety measures rolled out, especially, during the window of relaxation of the lockdown. We have heard and seen the havoc that COVID-19 continues to wreck in other lands. Let us learn from these experiences. While we appreciate that medical scientists are working frantically to develop a vaccine and cure for COVID-19 – and our traditional medicine practitioners also said they are working on possible solutions - we must also know that the solutions may still take a couple of months to materialise. Before that time, our fate as a people is in our hands.

"You, the entire people of Ogun State, have not elected me to make easy decisions. And tough decisions, we have to make. Now, to preserve the lives of our people, we are persuaded to extend the current modified lockdown, which has been slightly eased, for another one weeks alongside the current guidelines. This will be reviewed, as usual, on a weekly basis.

"We have expanded the COVID-19 Enforcement Task Force to the 3 Senatorial Districts and 20 LGAs to strengthen enforcement across the state. In this regard, security agencies, particularly the Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) are now members of the Task Force in their respective divisions. 

"Furthermore, towards ensuring strict adherence to these measures, our mobile courts have been galvanized to try any erring person irrespective of the class or creed. I must also state that more stringent measures will be taken if we observe that our people continue to show disregard for the precautionary measures that our medical experts have stated for the prevention and non-transmission of COVID-19. 

"We cannot continue to put the lives of others at risk and our lives in collective jeopardy because some people simply throw caution to the winds."

He continued, "In addition, we have also noted the unpatriotic acts of some individuals who try to breach the ban on inter-State travel by smuggling people across the inter-State borders in trucks conveying essential items. 

"Let me state unequivocally that we will not tolerate any further breach on the ban of inter-State travel. Anybody found culpable will be treated for committing a crime against Ogun State and visited with the full weight of the law."

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