*discloses second confirmed COVID-19 case
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Osun State Government has announced the planned total lockdown of the state on Tuesday as the state recorded its second positive case of Coronavirus disease.
Governor Gboyega Oyetola who stated this in a statewide broadcast on Sunday morning disclosed that there will be no going back on the shutting down of all the land boundaries in the state effective from midnight, Sunday, March 29, 2020.
According to Governor Oyetola, ” there would be no movement within the State during the shutdown while those on essential duties such as health personnel, fire service, environmental officials, security personnel, power and water supply agencies, media and telecommunication officers will be on duty”.
“During the lockdown, there will be no movement within the state. The closed boundaries also means there will be no inter-state movements. However, those on essential duties such as health personnel, fire service, environmental officials, security personnel, power and water supply agencies, media and telecommunication officers will be on duty. Also, pharmaceutical and medical outfits will be allowed to open”, he said.
The governor added, “we have mandated and mobilised the State’s taskforce and security operatives to enforce measures to the letter. We, therefore, strongly advise our people to remain in their homes during the period of the lockdown”.
He declared that the decision became imperative in view of the devastating nature of the pandemic, saying, ” the first priority of any responsive and responsible government is to respond effectively to protect its citizens when an emergency occurs”.
“Following a review of our current situation, we have in addition to the subsisting measures taken in the past one week, decided to shut down all our boundaries, effective from midnight Sunday, March 29, 2020. In addition, a complete lockdown of the State will come into effect from midnight, Tuesday, March 31, 2020”.
Governor Oyetola maintained , “we believe this is the way to go, if we must contain the spread of this virus. To this end, we urge citizens and residents to take advantage of the hours between now and Tuesday to stock up provisions that will last them two weeks in the first instance”.
Emphasizing that “when an emergency occurs, such as the one at hand, the first priority of any responsive and responsible government is to respond effectively to protect its citizens. This is what we will continue to do”, the governor urged residents in the state not to panic by the new measures but continue to adhere to government’s instructions and directives on the need for them to continue to observe necessary precautionary measures, including regular washing of hands with water and soap and also maintain the prescribed social distancing.