The Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN), has ordered recruitment of one hundred youths for the immediate commencement of disinfection and fumigation of major markets and motor parks in the state.
This is part of steps to make the state free of Coronavirus since the Southwest state is yet to record any case.
The governor gave the directive on Tuesday while speaking with newsmen at Government House ground in Akure.
Following the signing of the Public Health Regulations Order, Akeredolu directed the committee on Sanitation and Traffic Rules to immediately commence the desilting and fumigation of major markets and motor parks in the state.
The Governor said the formidable committee, which was put in place for the clearing of market roads and also enforced a clean environment has been saddled with another responsibility of fumigating and disinfecting the market and motor parks environment for the good of the people.
Akeredolu said the state had already procured chlorine and other material, as well as many motorised spraying machines for the fumigation exercise.
Mr Akeredolu noted that Weewood Limited, one of the companies at the Ondo-Linyi industrial hub has also donated 50 drums of ethanol, while five Hilux pick-up vehicles have been pulled from the state transport pool to carry tanks for the fumigation exercise.
The governor added that since the government has announced the closure of all markets in the state, the markets and motor parks will now be fumigated and disinfected for a cleaner environment.
He said: ”As you know, I’m sure most of you must have read it that we have signed the Public Health Regulation 2020 by the power conferred on the Governor under the respective law.
“Before now, we had in place a formidable committee on clearing the highway, which led to freeing the markets of traffic congestion. But we have now expanded the committee and given them further responsibilities.
”The responsibility is that they will now carry out the fumigation and disinfection of markets and motor parks environment to make sure the environment is clean for our people when they return to the markets.”
The Chairman of the Sanitation and traffic Rule committee, Mrs Yetunde Adeyanju, said work will commence from April 1 from Oja Oba/Erekesan markets, Akure and other major parks and markets across the state.
She listed other places to be visited to include Ikare, Ondo, Ore, Igbokoda and Igbara-Oke among others.