• Tuesday, May 21, 2024
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Coronavirus: Ogun State restricts visits to Govt office, wants 20% of workers at work daily 

Dapo Abiodun

The Ogun state government has released further measures centred at containing the spread of Coronavirus within the state with a restriction to an external movement and visits to the State Government Secretariat and Governor’s Office in Abeokuta, Ogun state capital on daily basis.

It also directs Ministries, Departments and Agencies of State Government as well as 20 Local Governments to draw up rosters that would ensure that 20% of staff across all cadres work daily, thus ensuring that most staff come to work once a week, just as teachers in public primary and secondary schools are to proceed on vacation immediately.

There is however an exception of health workers, fire service and State emergency management authority (OGSEMA).

Speaking through Kunle Somorin, Chief Press Secretary in Abeokuta on Monday, Governor Dapo Abiodun said that decisions were taken after daily review of developments at a meeting chaired by Mr Governor, saying that government had lowered the threshold of people who may gather in one place at a time from 50 to 20.

Governor Abiodun added that commercial banks, financial houses telecoms and other similar service providers that offer services in hubs and/or bays are required to ensure that not more than 20 clients are in their service areas at a time.

He explained that social distancing must be maintained between those who would be on the queue or waiting halls by at least five feet between clients and those outside the halls should maintain similar standards of social distancing, just as the rule applies to all Automated Teller Machine (ATM) Points, where operators must also provide wipes, hand-washing facilities and sanitisers for seamless use by clients.

The governor stated that he had directed all leadership of all gated markets, shops and malls that entry controls should be maintained in markets to ensure a maximum of 20 people to congregate at each trading point at every point in time within the markets or shops.

He said, “For open markets, the leadership is also enjoined to work with the State Task Force and their Local Government counterparts are to ensure that the social distancing of five feet is maintained as well as maximum of 20 persons density in the markets.

“In addition, market leaders are directed to draw up rosters of various market or product groups to open and sell their wares in rotation whilst this order lasts.

“All Taxi cabs are directed to carry not more than THREE passengers at once; with a maximum of two at the back. Tricycles are to carry a maximum of TWO passengers at the same time. Motorcycles (popularly called Okada) are limited to ONE passenger and the rider must use nose mask

“Buses are limited to TWO persons per row while standing, squatting, lapping or hanging are not allowed at all. All unions at all intra/interstate motor parks in the state are to ensure that temperature of drivers, conductors and passengers is taken and those above the threshold are not allowed to drive or travel.

“Drivers and conductors are to wear hand gloves and nose masks through the duration of trips. These measures apply to all vehicles, irrespective of the ownership or use (commercial, private or company).  Indeed, it is advisable that windows of vehicles are wound down to allow free air circulation, when in use, with minimal use of air-conditioners, unless where it becomes absolutely inevitable.

“In furtherance of the State’s measures to combat the virus, the government has directed all the Local Government Chairmen to identify suitable facilities such as event / social centres, school halls, community  halls, in their respective areas that could be easily prepared and deployed as COVID-19 treatment facilities in the unlikely event of a surge in the corona virus cases in the State.

“The attention of the government has been drawn to the fact that that some religious organizations conduct service on Friday and Sunday. This is unacceptable.”

 

RAZAQ AYINLA, Abeokuta