By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Oyo State Government’ on Tuesday asked residents in the state to continue to strictly observe the COVID-19 safety protocols warning that COVID 19 virus “is still very much around”.
According to a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde, Mr Taiwo Adisa, Oyo State Government emphasized the need for residents of the state to strictly adhere to the COVID-19 safety protocols especially during the Yuletide.
The statement stressed that the reality of end of the year social activities which involves traveling into and also within the state will soon commence with the festivities, saying, “this is to implore visitors and residents of the state to be wise and responsible in attending and organising social events in compliance with the state COVID-19 advisories”.
“Thus, religious and community leaders, organisers of end of year programmes including children parties and concerts, as well as owners of recreational facilities, are to remember that the pandemic is ongoing, and to ensure the orderly conduct of their activities to prevent widespread infections in the state”, it said.
It added, “the government of Oyo State will continue to work assiduously to deliver on her promises to the citizens. Let’s make this a season to ‘spread the joy, not the virus,” the statement read, while wishing all residents happy celebrations”.
The government maintained that the advisory indicated that Oyo residents should, at this period, follow the direction of the state-sponsored advocacy on COVID-19, #Own Your Action, and that ” responsible living and strict adherence to the guidelines will help the state to curtail the spread of the disease during the festive period.
While lauding residents of the state for the efforts made so far in complying with the COVID-19 prevention measures in the state, it tm tasked them to continue to be responsible to efforts at preventing spread of CoronaVirus in Oyo state.
“The State Government salutes the resilience and fortitude with which members of the public have carried themselves in spite of all the challenges faced in the year 2020. We believe as the year comes to an end, and another year is on the horizon, the hopes and aspirations of the citizens of the state will be actualised. With this, it is expected that as responsible citizens of our dear state, we will continue to comply with the COVID-19 prevention measures in public places especially offices, shopping malls and outlets, schools, recreation centres and any location outside the homes.”
It however warned that in light of the end of the year activities and forthcoming festivities, visitors and residents of the state would have to be responsible in organising social events, noting that all events must be organised in compliance with the COVID-19 guidelines, Oyo state government promised to continue to work assiduously to deliver on its promises to the citizens, and that residents in the state should “share the joy and not the virus,” at the festivities period.