Coronavirus: 10 things Osun governor, Oyetola said about lockdown, palliatives


The Osun State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola, on Thursday, relaxed total lockdown in the state. He made the decision known while speaking in a state-wide broadcast.

Below are 10 major highlights from Mr Oyetola’s speech:

1  As from Monday, 4th May, 2020, the lockdown will be eased and new rules shall be enforced in line with the recommendations of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, the approval of President Muhammadu Buhari, and the peculiar situation in Osun.

2. There shall be partial lockdown between 6am and 5pm from Monday to Thursday to enable the people of Osun to go about their businesses and allow the government to run. However, total lockdown shall be in force from 6 pm on Thursday to Sunday.

3. There shall also be a dusk to dawn curfew from 6pm – 6am from Monday to Thursday until further notice. Movement of vehicle and persons is outlawed during the period of the curfew except for verified medical emergency cases and those on essential duties.

4. The ban on public, religious, political and educational gatherings remains in force. Additionally, all major markets shall remain shut.

5. Businesses are expected to provide liquid soap and running water and hand sanitisers, while supermarkets should not have more than 10 persons at any time in their store. Inter-state travels are forbidden and as such, Osun boundaries remain closed.

6. No vehicular and human movement into and out of the State except trucks carrying medicals, beverages, foods, petroleum, construction and agriculture supplies. These supply vehicles shall not carry more than 3 persons.

7. Intra-city commercial transportation will be allowed from Monday to Thursday every week from 6 am to 5 pm.

8. Commercial vehicles such as buses and taxis shall only be able to carry two passengers per row with each passenger sitting at the extreme end of the vehicle. While commercial motorcycles (Okada) shall carry one passenger, tricycles shall carry not more than 2 passengers and no passenger in front.

9. Officers and staff on Grade Level 12 and above, Administrative Officers irrespective of their grade levels, those on essential services and those whose services may be required by the Accounting Officers are to report at their desks, Monday to Thursday at the usual working hours. They must adhere strictly to the protocols of the NCDC.

10. The Food and Relief committee will also in conjunction with the State government officials, continue to source for and administer palliatives for the vulnerable in the State.

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