*erring individuals to face prosecution, pay N20,000 fine
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Oyo State COVID-19 Task Force is to start enforcing compulsory wearing of nose mask in and across the state as part of measures to curtail spread of CoronaVirus pandemic.
This was disclosed on Thursday by the state Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr. Wasiu Olatubosun while leading the Oyo state COVID 19 Task Force publicity team to Igbeti and Kisi in Olorunsogo and Irepo Local Government Areas of the state.
The Commissioner maintained that with the enforcement of the compulsory wearing of nose mask soon in Oyo state, erring individuals would be prosecuted and fined N20,000.000 per person as wearing of face masks was in line with COVID-19 protocol designed to guarantee the safety and well-being of everyone.
While stressing that the guidelines put in place by the state on how to contain the spread of the novel Coronavirus are for the benefit of the people, the Commissioner lamented the low level of compliance with the wearing of nose mark in the area particularly in Kisi.
“When I entered Kisi land, I discovered that the level of compliance on wearing of nose masks was very low. I urge all the security agencies to join hands with traditional rulers with a view to combating the virus. The state government led by Governor Seyi Makinde believes in the welfare and good health of every resident of the state. We are here to continue the state-wide sensitization drive on how we all can play our part in containing the spread of the COVID-19”, he said.
Dr Olatunbosun added, “this pandemic has put the entire world at a standstill and our dear state has also been affected. Our governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, places great importance on the welfare, wellbeing and good health of the people. This is why the Task Force under his able leadership has made it a responsibility to touch every area in the state to enlighten the people on the roles they can play to stop the virus in our state.”
The Commissioner said in demonstrating the present administration’s commitment to the welfare and health of the people of Oyo state, over one million face masks have been produced by the state’s Covid-19 Task Force and that they are already being distributed to the residents of the state for free, adding that thousands of the masks have been distributed and that the distribution was still going on in all the local governments of the state.
“Though there have been messages on various media platforms, it behoves on the government to move from streets, villages, towns and cities in the state to sensitize the residents on the need to take precautions given by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC)”
Oba Moshood Oyekola Lawal while recieving the tean promised to work together with government and security agencies would ensure that people abide by the precautions of the government and its agencies. Sensitizing the people in Oja Oba and Kara Markets in Igbeti and Kisi respectively, a member of the Nigeria Red Cross Society, representing the Risk Communication Pillar of the Emergency Operation Centre of the state, Mrs Adekunbi Oladipo, urged people to abide by the laid down precautions.