The Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, has ordered the closure of the state borders with neighbouring states as well as the international border with the Republic of Benin.
According a statement issued by the state governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin, on Saturday in Abeokuta, the move was adopted by the state in order to stem and flatten the curve of the spread of the novel corona virus pandemic, not only in the state but in the country and in the West African sub-region.
The governor stressed the perculiarity of the state’s situation knowing that “It not only shares an international border with the Republic of Benin, it does so with all other states in the Southwest (except Ekiti), including Lagos State, which has understandably recorded the highest number of infections in the country largely because it hosts the busiest air and sea ports and it’s the nation’s economic capital.”
Abiodun also noted that the border closure will not only be beneficial to Ogun State but the national efforts to curtail the virus. Lessons from other climes strongly indicate that closure of borders has the potential to drastically flatten the curve of spread whilst unrestricted movement portends grave dangers.
However, the governor noted that the directive does not affect vehicles conveying personnel involved in essential services such as security agencies, health workers, food and medical items and petroleum products.
He further explained that the relevant security agencies have been fully briefed and directed to effect the closure while urging that all hands must be on deck to slow down the spread of COVID-19.
He, therefore, appealed with residents of the state to fully cooperate with the security agencies at this period of a global pandemic and national emergency, adding that the border closure and other measures will be reviewed from time to time, in response to developments as they unfold.