CONVID -19 : Gov Fayemi Joins other state, Locks down state

By Okoye Chibuzo on 29/03/2020

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...Shuts Border between Ekiti and other states

The Governor of Ekiti, Kayode Fayemi State have today, Sunday joined other states to lock down the state as the confirmed cases of coronavirus increases.

The Governor directing residents to stay at home from Monday in a broadcast this morning.

Gov Fayemi imposed a ban on all commercial activities as well as intra-state travels, except for those bordering on essential services.

Violated of these latest measures aimed at containing the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in the state, risks a six-month jail term.

” While I acknowledge our resilient nature, incurable optimism and spiritual activism as a people, it is critical that we balance these with pragmatic and urgent actions that can ensure the safety of lives for our families and communities
” If we do not take steps necessary to contain this virus, it has the potential to overwhelm our health infrastructure, cripple our economy and devastate Ekiti in unimaginable proportions.

” As you are aware, the state is under significant financial constraints especially as a direct consequence of the impact of the coronavirus on the global economy and the price of crude oil that has gone down considerably.

” So, we cannot afford a public health crisis,
” It is therefore in the urgent public interest that, I hereby, in accordance to Section 8 of the Quarantine Act, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 and the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) impose a curfew of movement in Ekiti.

” The purpose of this curfew is to impose restrictions on the movement of persons and goods within Ekiti for an initial period of 14 days.

” Therefore, effective from 1:59 pm on Monday, March 30, 2020, until 11:59 pm on Monday, April 13, 2020, there shall be restriction of movement across the length and breadth of Ekiti, with all our borders closed.

” That is a full and total shutdown of Ekiti, and 12-hour dusk to dawn curfew in Ekiti from 7:00 pm – 7:00 am. All Ekiti residents are hereby directed to stay at home

The Governor also regretted that Previous measures adopted by his administration to contain the coronavirus were being ignored by the populace.

” It is very disappointing that some of us have either been lukewarm, nonchalant or downright defiant in observing the simple but extremely effective preventive measures as well as maintaining social distancing to protect themselves from infection and curtail the spread of the virus in their communities.

” We are implementing the Quarantine Act to keep all Ekiti residents safe. So let me be clear. If you do not go home or stay home for at least 14 days from Monday, 30 March 2020, you can face serious fines or prison term.

” During this period, movement between local governments areas is prohibited; movement between towns, villages and communities is also prohibited; every person shall be confined to the place where he or she ordinarily resides in Ekiti,” he added.

The Governor said that only businesses that are involved in the provision of essential commodities or services are exempted from this.

” Markets, retail shops and shopping malls must be closed, except where essential goods are sold and with strict hygienic conditions to prevent the exposure of persons to COVID-19.

” Religious gatherings like worship and prayer services, night vigils, house fellowships and NASFAT meetings; social gatherings like funerals, weddings, family meetings and parties of any kind in night clubs, bars, beer joints; and political gatherings like. rallies, congresses, ward meetings, all of these are prohibited activities under these regulations.

” Only gathering in respect of funeral will be allowed but the attendance shall be limited to 20 persons with no night vigil or party.

” All boundaries of Ekiti are closed during this period, except for transportation of fuel, food and drugs and other essential goods.

” All non-residents who arrive the state before, or after, the imposition of this restriction, and who remain in the state, must remain in their place of temporary residence in the state for the duration of the 14 days, as the case may be, and maybe subjected to screening for COVID-19 and be quarantined or isolated if necessary.

” All commuter transport services including bus services, taxi services, motorbikes (Okada) and tricycle services, are prohibited; except those for purposes of rendering essential services, obtaining essential goods, seeking medical attention, funeral services and to receive payment of social grants or food

” Only those who are performing essential services will be allowed to move around, particularly health workers, but must be duly designated with an identity card by the head of their institutions.

Others exempted include members of the state Executive, Legislature, the Judiciary and persons in production, distribution and marketing of food and beverages, pharmaceuticals, medicine, paper and plastic packages, environmental and sanitation activities, the staff of electricity, water, telecommunications, e-commerce and digital service providers.

The members of security agencies assigned on lawful duties; staff of banks and similar financial institutions and staff of fuel stations are also exempted.

” Any person who contravenes these regulations shall be guilty of an offence and, on conviction, liable to a fine or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding six months or to both fine and imprisonment,” the governor said.

The Governor said he is aware of the negative impact of the new development on businesses and families.

He said palliatives were being worked out for residents, especially high risk and vulnerable citizens of Ekiti state.

 

Posted on March, 29 2020

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