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COVID-19: Oyo govt issues strict directives to public transporters

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The Oyo state government has asked all transport workers to follow strict guidelines aimed at curbing the widespread of coronavirus.

The State Commissioner for Public Works and Transport, Raphael Afonja, in a statement made available to journalists, on Monday, said all transport operators and local park managers are expected to maintain proper hygiene and sanitation exercise at their parks and garages regularly and continuously (at least before and after each trip).

Mr Afonja said, “All Transport Operators and local Park Managers are to provide at the entrance to their respective parks/garages, washing hand equipment with soap and running water. All Transport Operators and local Park are expected to have alcohol-based sanitizers in their Vehicles for the use of Drivers, Conductors, and Passengers.”

“All Transport Operators and local Park are not allowed to overcrowd/overload their vehicles at this point, Passenger’s spacing must be fully observed. NCDC recommends that at least 2m (5feet) distance is required between anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness.”

“No standing in all Public mass transit buses (e.g Ajumose Buses) and a minimum of one seat interval between passengers should be observed. All buses should be at 60% capacity, that is, not fully loaded (i.e danfo and other commercial buses).”

“All commercial motorcycle and tricycle riders’ must not load above-stipulated capacity (1 passenger and 3 passengers respectively). Passengers are required to scrub their hands with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds or use alcohol-based sanitizer before and after each trip.”

“All drivers and conductors should always wear hand gloves and nose guides while in transit. All public transport Operators/Company must have a temperature reader to test each passenger before boarding the bus.”

“Passengers are also required to regularly wash their hands with soap and running water before and after each trip. All transport operators/companies, local park managers and passengers are expected to report any suspected case of COVID-19 to the Ministry of Public Works & Transport on 08180666613 or call Oyo State Ministry of Health Helplines: 08038210122, 08023229267,08073431342.”

“The general public is also expected to report all transport operators/companies, local park managers that fail to comply with these above guidelines to the Monitoring Officer at sight or write to the Ministry, stating the Vehicle Registration Number, Park and Time. Finally, we are confident that with your assured cooperation as transport stakeholders and people, we will join forces to put an end to the scourge of the Covid-19.”

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