The Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, has joined other states in the move to curb the widespread of the pandemic coronavirus by issuing a directive for the immediate closure of all markets, malls and shops in the state for seven days.
This was made known on Tuesday, in a statement issued by Mr Donald Ojogo, Commissioner for Information and Orientation, in Akure. Mr Ojogo said in the 2 weeks lockdown period, only the sale of life-saving and sustaining items like food, water and medicals shall be allowed.
Ojogo further warned that gatherings at clubs, beer parlours, and joints were also prohibited indefinitely. He explained that the decision was taken at the state executive council meeting on March 23, as a measure put in place by the state government to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.
He said, “Under this fresh directive, which is for a period of seven days in the first instance, only the sale of life-saving and sustaining items like food, water and medicals shall be allowed.”
The commissioner further said, “This directive includes courtesy calls and other engagements already approved and scheduled prior to this time; and shall suffice for a period of 14 days in the first instance.”
Similarly, Akeredolu reiterated that the suspension of political gatherings and meetings is still in force.
Akeredolu directed that in the interim, any form of open campaign for the forthcoming local government elections in the state should be discontinued.
The governor called for the co-operation and understanding of all residents in the state as he works assiduously to keep the state safe from the COVID-19.