Monday, June 8, 2020

COVID-19: Akeredolu bans football viewing centres in Ondo

The Ondo State Governor, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu on Monday has expressed his displeasure over the rate at which the people of the State were disobeying the restriction order of the government against fighting coronavirus.

Akeredolu, who frowned at the increasing cases of the COVID-19 in the State, said the increasing spread of the virus was as a result of non-compliance of the residents, to the directives of the State government.

Speaking at the weekly media chat held at the Government House, Alagbaka, Akure, the State capital, Akeredolu said the government would not relent in efforts to continue enforcing the restriction, despite the deviance of some people in the State.

To this end, as the European football league season had commenced, Governor Akeredolu banned football viewing centres across the 18 local government areas of the State, in a bid to stop the increasing cases of the scourge.

Giving the order, the governor said, “All residents are encouraged to practise, more than before, social and physical distancing, use of facemasks, handwashing and travel restriction.

“All Premiership football viewing centres are hereby banned from operations until further notice. All religious organisations are to further ensure stringent implementation of the agreed guidelines for worship.

“All our earlier regulations about operations of the main and community markets will be revisited in which case law enforcement agencies and the Governor’s Task Force will ensure full enforcement.”

Akeredolu also directed that all the people that had patronised the woman ( 43rd case) who was just discovered to have contacted the disease at Oja Oba market, Akure should report themselves to the COVID-19 Team of the state government, in their own interest.

“I urge you to call on our toll-free numbers so you can get immediate help. There is no shame in illness and there can be no reproach in seeking and getting healing,” the governor admonished.

He also disclosed that the Niger Delta Development Commission had donated some equipment and consumables to the State, in its contribution to the fight against the virus.

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