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Ekiti state on total lockdown due to coronavirus: Full speech by Governor Fayemi


IMPORTANT INFORMATION YOU SHOULD NOTE FROM MR GOVERNOR’S BROADCAST

To further ensure our safety in Ekiti state Mr. Governor has, in pursuant to Section 8 of the Quarantine Act, Laws of the federation of Nigeria 2004 and the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) imposed a curfew on movement in Ekiti State.

The purpose of this curfew is to impose restrictions on the movement of persons and goods within Ekiti State for an initial period of fourteen days. This is in order to prevent the spread of Coronavirus in Ekiti State.

Therefore, effective from 23H59 (11:59pm) on Monday, March 30, 2020 until 23H59 (11:59pm) on Monday, April 13, 2020, there shall be restriction of movement across the length and breadth of Ekiti State, with all our borders closed.

That is a full and total shut down of Ekiti State, and a 12-hour dusk to dawn curfew in Ekiti State from 7:00pm – 7:00 am.

All Ekiti residents are hereby directed to STAY – AT – HOME.

▪︎ RESTRICTED MOVEMENT: During this period, movement between local governments is prohibited; movement between towns, villages and communities is also prohibited; every person shall be confined to the place where he or she ordinarily resides in Ekiti State.​

▪︎EXCEPTIONAL MOVEMENTS: Those who are performing essential services will be allowed to move around, particularly health workers, but must be duly designated with an identity card by the Head of their Institutions. Individuals and institutions providing the following services shall be exempted from the restrictions:

Members of the Executive, Legislative and the Judiciary;

Production, distribution and marketing of food and beverages, pharmaceutical, medicine, paper and plastic packages

Environmental and sanitation activities

Staff of electricity, water, telecommunications, e-commerce and digital service providers;

Members of security agencies assigned on lawful duties;

Staff of Banks and similar financial institutins;

Staff of fuel stations.

▪︎MARKETS / BUSINESSES CLOSED: All businesses and other entities shall cease operations during this period except those involved in the provision of essential goods or services. Markets, Retail shops and shopping malls must be closed, except where essential goods are sold and with strict hygienic conditions to prevent the exposure of persons to COVID-19.

▪︎ PROHIBITED GATHERINGS: Religious gatherings e.g. worship and prayer services, night vigils, house fellowships and NASFAT meetings; Social gatherings e.g. Funerals, weddings, family meetings and parties of any kind in night clubs, bars, beer joints; and Political gatherings, e.g. rallies, congresses, ward meetings. All of these are prohibited activities under these regulations.

▪︎EXCEPTIONAL GATHERING: Only gathering in respect of funeral will be allowed but the attendance shall be limited to 20 persons with no night vigil or party.

  1. CLOSURE OF BORDERS: All borders of Ekiti State are closed during this period, except for transportation of fuel, food and drugs and other essential goods. All non-residents who arrived the State prior to, or after, the imposition of this restriction, and who remain in the State, must remain in their place of temporary residence in the State for the duration of the 14 days, as the case may be, and may be subjected to screening for COVID-19 and be quarantined or isolated if necessary.

▪︎PROHIBITION OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT: All commuter transport services including bus services, taxi services, motor bikes (Okada) and tricycle services (Keke), is prohibited; except those for purposes of rendering essential services, obtaining essential goods, seeking medical attention, funeral services and to receive payment of social grants or food: Provided that such vehicle carries not more than 50% of the licensed capacity and all directions in respect of hygienic conditions and the limitation of exposure of persons to COVID-19, are adhered to.

PENALTIES

Any person who contravenes these regulations shall be guilty of an offence and, on conviction, liable to a fine or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding six months or to both such fine and imprisonment.

PALLIATIVE MEASURES FOR CITIZENS AS THEY STAY – AT -HOME?

1).March salaries have been paid last Thursday, 26th March so civil and public servants can stock up on food and essentials necessary for the Stay-At-Home period. This was despite the fact that the FAAC disbursement for March was significantly lower than our salaries and many other states have found it difficult to pay March salaries. We are very hopeful that subsequent months will not fail, though the implications of the global economy are not very encouraging as IMF formally announced that the world is now in recession due to the coronavirus pandemic.

2).Mr. Governor has directed that the Ekiti State Food Bank be reactivated immediately to provide food items to the poor and vulnerable families in our communities. The Task Force will announce the modalities as soon as the process is fully activated.

3).The State Government will consider providing a stipend to our self-employed citizens whose daily income will be interrupted at this time as subsidy for their loss of income. Mr. Governor has directed the Commissioners of Finance and Budget to advise on the amount the State can afford in view of the State’s dire financial constraints.

FURTHER ACTIONS AGAINST COVID-19?

1).Ekiti State Government shall commence the disinfecting of major public places like markets, bus stops, motor parks, health facilities, and all likely places where the virus may be lurking across our State.

Already, a massive cleanup and disinfection is ongoing in some locations in Ado Ekiti e.g. Atikankan, Irona and Oja Oba areas and Mr. Governor is aware some Local Government Chairmen are already taking initiatives to dredge and clear drains within their jurisdictions.

2).Massive advocacy and sensitization is ongoing to advise you on the necessary preventive measures and how to identify and manage the symptoms of COVID-19 as well as what to do when you notice symptoms of fever, coughing, diarrhea or difficult breathing. Please remember that anyone can carry the coronavirus even if they do not have any of these symptoms; that is why you must wash your hands regularly and abstain from bodily contact at this time

3).To protect our senior citizens who have been proven to be most vulnerable to this deadly virus please do not visit your elderly parents or family at this time to prevent the risk of infecting them. If they live with you, please keep them separate as much as possible. Do not let them share common household items like plates, spoons, towels, soaps at this period. We must keep them safe and healthy as much as we can.

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