Ekiti residents defy COVID-19 guidelines as govt mulls fresh lockdown

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Following the gradual ease of lockdown, residents of Ado-Ekiti, and some other major towns in Ekiti State on Tuesday defied government’s directives on the mandatory use of face mask and social distancing.

Our Correspondent during a visit to Government Secretariat, banks and motor parks in Ado-Ekiti observed that the basic rules of mask wearing, social distancing were outrightly disobeyed.

It was observed that some okada riders, motorists, commuters, and few individuals complied with the face mask directives while civil servant defied the social distancing rules.

Apparently worried by the perceived nonchalant attitudes being exhibited towards the preventive guidelines, the Ekiti State Government said it could restore fresh total lockdown if the guidelines were not observed and there was spike in the number of coronavirus cases.

The State government said it would have no option than to return to lockdown season, if the current lackadaisical attitude of defying inter-state ban, social and physical distancing, mandatory use of face masks and hand sanitizers as well as other protocols should persist.

The Commissioner for Information, Mr. Muyiwa Olumilua, who said this while giving update via telephone conversation on the Covid-19 situation in Ado Ekiti, on Tuesday, said Governor Kayode Fayemi was also disturbed by the porosity of Ekiti borders, which he said accounted for the upsurge in the number of Covid-19 active cases in the state.

“Governor Kayode Fayemi was not interested in inflicting hardship on Ekiti people and that was responsible for why he reopened economic activities between Monday and Friday.

“As of now, Ekiti has nine active cases and we are not happy with the ways social distancing, use of sanitizers, face masks and infra-red thermometers were being disobeyed in public places.

“We are still maintaining that stand that banks, shops, shopping malls, eateries, market men and women must keep to all these guidelines to prevent community spread of Covid-19 in Ekiti.

“We are still at a stage where we have not had community spread, because those who came to infect our people here came from outside the state.

“But should our people refuse to abide by the protocols, we will be left with no other option than to return total lockdown to avert community spread,” the commissioner said.

On the reopening of schools, Olumilua said a committee comprising government’s delegates, Parents Teachers’ Association and proprietors of schools is being mulled by Governor Fayemi to interact and come up with recommendations that can facilitate easy return of students to schools.

“We are not in a hurry to reopen schools, because we knew that we have to provide all necessary facilities like running water, sanitizers and infrared thermometers in all schools in order not to endanger the lives of our pupils.

“The committee will soon begin work and their recommendations will be implemented to help in this regard,” Olumilua stated.

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