By; NIYI OGUNGBOLA, Abeokuta
For the fear of the deadly CoronaVirus spread, Ogun State Government has opted for a low-key celebration of the 60th Independence Anniversary of the nation.
The Government said this became expedient as a result of the need to ensure public health, safety and security in state.
Governor Dapo Abiodun stated this in a statement issued in Abeokuta by his Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin.
According to him, the government has therefore relocated the Diamond Independence Anniversary activities earlier scheduled to hold at the June 12 Cultural Centre, Kuto, Abeokuta to the Arcade Ground of the State Secretariat, Oke-Mosan also inAbeokuta.
The statement added that,in line with COVID-19 Protocols, admission to the venue will be strictly by invitation.
It also added that security and other aides of invited guests will not be allowed into the premises.
“All attendees at the function are to observe the COVID-19 protocols, including wearing of face masks to protect themselves and their loved ones,” the statement said.
According to Mr Somorin also gave additional safety measures to ensure that the 60th Independence is celebrated in an atmosphere of peace and security to include:
“10pm to 6am curfew daily for two days –Thursday (1st October, 2020) and Friday (2nd October, 2020),Restriction of operations of commercial motorcycle riders, popularly called Okada, from all major roads in the state from 10.pm from yesterday all through to 6.00am on Friday.
The government also suspended operations of all commercial buses from 10.00pm from Wednesday till Friday morning while, Taxi cabs are permitted to operate within the hours outside the daily curfew period.
“All forms of gathering in the state, except the State announced Independence Day Anniversary programme, are restricted to a maximum of 20 persons from 10.00pm tonight till 6.00am on Friday. No procession whatsoever is allowed.
“Owners and operators of hotels, suites guest houses, motels, and such establishments providing accommodation should note that the restriction on operations has not been lifted the statement further sanction ed.
Governor Abiodun however, reassured residents that the Government is committed to security of lives and property before, during and after the 60th Independence Anniversary in the State.
“He congratulates all Nigerians and citizens of Ogun State in particular on this auspicious occasion and strongly advises that they should celebrate quietly at home and pray for the country,” the statement concluded.