Governor wants national lockdown as Osun records 9 new cases 

Yinka Salaam, Osogbo

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Governor of Osun State, Adegboyega Oyetola

THe Osun State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola has reiterated calls to the Nigerian Government to impose total lockdown on all the states of the federation.

The call came on the heel of the discovery of 9 new cases in the state, making it 14 cases.

The Governor said ”the total lockdown will serve as a panacea to eliminating the spread of COVID-19 and to avoid trans-border transfer of the virus.”

He said the only way to properly safeguard entry and exit into the country and between states was to announce a total lockdown in the country.

“The war against Coronavirus must be total. We should not be concentrating on three or few states alone. We should see this as a national emergency.

“I am advocating a total lockdown so that what is happening in Lagos, Ogun and the FCT can be extended to other states as a better way to curb the spread of the Coronavirus,” Governor Oyetola said.

The governor thanked his Ogun State counterpart who alerted him of some Nigerians of Osun origin who were coming in from Cote D’Ivoire.

“I thanked him for his efforts because he also provided escort for them to be conveyed to us, about 127 of them. We immediately received them on arrival and kept them in an Isolation centre in Ejigbo,” the Governor added.

Meanwhile, at a press conference on Wednesday, the Commissioner for Health, Dr Rafiu Isamotu said all the recent cases were part of the 71 samples out of the 127 returnees from Cote D’Ivoire, who had been at an isolation centre in Ejigbo.

He said the results of the remaining 56 samples were still being expected.

“It should be noted that those who came in from Cote D’Ivoire via Ogun State in six buses whose destination was Ejigbo are not only from Osun, they are also from Kwara, Edo, Delta, Benue and Anambra States.

“As a responsible government, we had to accept and isolate them because we do not want the community spread of the disease. As Nigerian citizens, they are being well treated where they are isolated,”Dr Isamotu stated.

Also speaking, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Ismail Omipidan called on the Nigerian Government to similarly come to the aid of the state in combating the menace, just as it had done to Lagos, Ogun and Abuja, the capital territory.

Omipidan said that ”while Osun State has displayed the readiness and capacity to fight the virus with three isolation centres already put in place, and with qualified medical personnel; it is essential for government to quickly intervene, giving the new development.”

 

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