Friday 3 April 2020

OSUN CODIV-19 LOCKDOWN ORDER DAY 2: Ilesa City Observes Total Compliance

What else can illustrate a total compliance with the  two weeks stay-at-home directive of Governor Gboyega Oyetola in the State of Osun, than the popular Ereja-Roundabout-Okesa/Imo- Brewery road of Ilesa, the major commercial nerve of the city. It was a strict compliance with the directive of the governor as announced in his broadcast on Sunday night aimed at stopping the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in the State.

The street, usually a beehive of activities from early morning to late in the night was devoid of any human activity, except a few pedestrians strolling. Everything else, the parks for travellers going to Abuja, Lagos, Akure e.t.c,  noisy roadside traders, unorganized Hausa traders in front of the Central Mosque, shops and stalls, commercial mini-bus drivers and Okada riders and touts, were completely absent.

Up at the interjection of the road with the Ibadan-Akure express road trailers, truck, and other vehicles that were to load consignment from the popular Ilesa International Brewery were packed and those attempting to enter the city were stopped by the combined team of the Nigerian Police Force, Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps, Division of State Security, Vigilante and Hunter group led by the divisional police officer for Ijamo, Division B Police Station, Olugbenga Ajiboye.

 Patrolling the Ilesa-Akure-Ife-Ibadan express road, only vehicles and trucks conveying food items like tomatoes and other consumables, ambulances and motorists who could explain why they are on essential duty, were allowed to pass through.

Round the city, major junctions were barricaded by all sorts of things that can be used, used tyres, planks, stones and even baskets.

Some motorcyclists and drivers were intercepted and stopped but they were allowed to go only after they had explained the reason(s) that called for their being on the road.

Osun State Government has ordered restriction on movement of people of the state beginning from Tuesday 31st March 2020.

As of Wednesday 2nd of April, 2020, the State has recorded its fourteenth confirmed case of coronavirus in the state.

Therefore, there is a total lockdown where all the land boundaries were shut down and there is no movement within the State, only those on essential duties such as health personnel, fire service, environmental officials, security personnel, power and water supply agencies, media and telecommunication officers are allowed to move.

Oladimeji Lasore reporting for the Ilesa East Local Government COVID-19 Taskforce mandated by the state government to enforce compliance with the lockdown order.

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