COVID-19: Security agencies enforce compliance in Oyo

By Olubunmi Osoteku, Ibadan 


A joint team of security agencies have embarked on the enforcement of compliance with directives on precautionary measures outlined by the Oyo State Government to combat Coronavirus in the State.

The Inter-agency Team comprises the Oyo State Road Transport Management Authority, OYRTMA; the Nigeria Police Force; the Federal Road Safety Corps and others.

The Executive Chairman of OYRTMA, Dr. Akin Fagbemi said ”the joint effort would promote interagency collaborations and help in curtailing the spread of the deadly Coronavirus in the State.”

He disclosed that the joint effort was in line with the directive of Governor Seyi Makinde who had outlined measures aimed at dealing with Coronavirus in the State.

The Team ensured strict monitoring of compliance, at public parks, garages and private transportation companies across Oyo State, to the prevention guidelines issued by Governor Makinde to curtail the rapid spread of the virus.

Part of the preventive measures rolled out by the State Government were social distancing, suspension of religious activities and ban on gatherings with more than 30 people, among others.

The State had also directed garages and commercial operators to adhere strictly to guidelines reeled out for them, while it warned that anyone caught flouting the recommendations and guidelines would be arrested and made to face the full wrath of the Law.

The team commended residents and operators for their understanding and cooperation towards eradicating the novel Coronavirus.

Meanwhile, the Oyo State Government had reiterated that it is working to contain the spread of the Coronavirus, saying Governor Seyi Makinde led-administration had constituted a competent Task Force to tackle any suspected case of COVID-19 in the State.

On his part, the Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr Wasiu Olatunbosun, stated that the Government would collaborate with relevant stakeholders in both the organised private and public health sectors in the fight against the virus.

Olatubosun stressed that ”the Government had finalised arrangements to embark on aggressive public sensitisation across popular markets, major bus terminals, public spaces and others, to enlighten the people on the reality and severity of the global infectious disease.”

The Commissioner said part of the measures taken was the establishment of four isolation centres at the University College Hospital, UCH; the Jericho Chest Hospital; the Olodo State Pediatric Center, all in Ibadan and the Ladoke Akintola University Teaching Hospital, Ogbomosho, with acquisition of ambulances to carry individuals tested positive for Coronavirus for adequate treatment.

Olatunbosun therefore implored residents of the State to report any case of the Coronavirus to the Surveillance Team set up by the State Government.


Mercy Chukwudiebere