There may be excessive disregard for COVID-19 protocols by the federal government and residents of Ogun State regardless of the rising circumstances of the lethal virus.
Observations by DAILY POST confirmed that each the federal government officers and residents of Ogun State have repeatedly violated one COVID-19 protocol or the opposite.
Whereas these in authorities are all the time seen with face masks, they’ve on many events violated the social distancing regulation by means of political features, conferences and different occasions.
When the NCDC raised the alarm of a second wave of the lethal coronavirus, Governor Dapo Abiodun wasted no time to roll out some new measures to cease the unfold of the illness.
In an announcement by the Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin, in December, Gov Abiodun banned cross-over nights, carnivals and different social gatherings with greater than 50 individuals.
Additionally, all bars, nightclubs, pubs, occasion centres and leisure centres had been requested to shut down indefinitely.
The governor directed that every one markets are to open strictly between 8am and 4pm whereas sustaining social distancing and observing all COVID-19 protocols, together with using face masks, provision of hand sanitizer and/or hand-washing gear at each strategic level inside their malls, outlets, enterprise premises and many others.
It was additionally ordered that worship centres mustn’t exceed 50 per cent of their capability, in compliance with all COVID-19 protocols.
“There ought to be no gatherings of greater than 50 individuals at any occasion or ceremonies, resembling conferences, congresses, workplace occasions, live shows, seminars, sporting actions, cross-over nights, finish of 12 months events, weddings, naming, birthdays, anniversaries, avenue carnivals, and many others till additional discover,” the federal government had stated.
Any occasion of as much as 200 individuals is to be held in an open area.
To okada riders and transporters, it was stated that they had been to not carry passengers above 50 per cent of their capability.
Our correspondent studies that the federal government is but to overview the December COVID-19 tips, however each the federal government and the residents are now not listening to the laws.
Checks by our correspondent proved that almost all of the markets in Ogun State fail to make any provision for hand-washing amenities as directed by the federal government. At Panseke, Kuto, Omida, Lafenwa and different markets in Abeokuta, lower than 5 per cent of the merchants could possibly be seen with face masks hung round their chins.
Additionally, motorcyclists, tricycle riders, in addition to business drivers now carry full passengers with out anyone stopping them. The transporters go about their each day actions in complete disregard for COVID-19 tips, together with using face masks.
Bars, nightclubs, pubs, occasion centres, leisure centres, gyms, spas, viewing centres and others have all resumed enterprise actions despite the federal government’s directive that they need to be closed down.
Our correspondent studies that church buildings and mosques have now relaxed within the manners by which they observe the COVID-19 protocols, with the federal government wanting away. In Abeokuta and different main cities, pastors now host crusades and vigils with tons of of individuals in attendance.
Lately, Gov Abiodun and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo had been in Ikenne for the All Progressives Congress (APC) membership registration and revalidation train. Abiodun later visited Iperu and Sodubi, Abeokuta with Chief Olusegun Osoba.
Final week, Abiodun was in Yewa North to sympathise with victims of the latest assaults between herdsmen and their host communities.
After this, he held a number of stakeholders’ conferences, together with the one attended by his colleagues from the North.
It was noticed that almost all of those gatherings didn’t present any observance of social distancing, whilst individuals gathered in numbers above what the federal government’s guideline stipulated.
DAILY POST noticed that the COVID-19 protocols are nonetheless comparatively being enforced in medical amenities, banks, courts, authorities institutions, some faculties and few malls inside Abeokuta. Nevertheless, well being staff consider that the federal government has to rise as much as the problem to flatten the curve.
Elsewhere outdoors the state capital, particularly within the rural communities, residents ignore all COVID-19 protocols as they don’t consider the virus is actual.
“How many individuals have you learnt which have had the virus or which have died from the illness. I don’t suppose there’s Coronavirus. If there’s Coronavirus, why are authorities officers not obeying the protocols? Why did the Federal Authorities ask us to go and do NIN registration at a time like this?” Tolu Adeyemi, a resident of Owode sought to know.
As of Monday, the NCDC studies that Ogun has recorded as much as 4,124 circumstances of COVID-19 with 617 individuals on admission.
About 50 individuals have died of problems from coronavirus in Ogun as circumstances found every day maintain hovering.
In the meantime, 50 individuals had been arrested and prosecuted by the Ogun State Authorities on Monday for refusing to put on face masks.
The face masks violators, who had been arrested in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, had been subjected to 2 hours of neighborhood providers after they had been pronounced responsible by a cellular court docket on the governor’s workplace in Oke-Mosan.
The state authorities had threatened to arrest and prosecute these caught with out utilizing face masks.
In response to a round by the State Head of Service, Selimot Ottun, the brand new directive took impact from February 22, 2021. These arraigned had been arrested by a process pressure on the state secretariat in Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.