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 at all times seen with face masks, they’ve on many events violated the social distancing regulation by way of political capabilities, 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 have been requested to shut down indefinitely.
The governor directed that each one markets are to open strictly between 8am and 4pm whereas sustaining social distancing and observing all COVID-19 protocols, together with the usage of face masks, provision of hand sanitizer and/or hand-washing tools at each strategic level inside their malls, retailers, enterprise premises and so forth.
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, comparable to conferences, congresses, workplace occasions, concert events, seminars, sporting actions, cross-over nights, finish of 12 months events, weddings, naming, birthdays, anniversaries, road carnivals, and so forth till additional discover,” the federal government had mentioned.
Any occasion of as much as 200 members is to be held in an open house.
To okada riders and transporters, it was mentioned that they have 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 rules.
Checks by our correspondent proved that almost all of the markets in Ogun State fail to make any provision for hand-washing services as directed by the federal government. At Panseke, Kuto, Omida, Lafenwa and different markets in Abeokuta, lower than 5 per cent of the merchants may very well be seen with face masks hung round their chins.
Additionally, motorcyclists, tricycle riders, in addition to industrial drivers now carry full passengers with out anyone stopping them. The transporters go about their every day actions in complete disregard for COVID-19 tips, together with the usage of face masks.
Bars, nightclubs, pubs, occasion centres, leisure centres, gyms, spas, viewing centres and others have all resumed enterprise actions regardless of 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 during 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 a whole lot of individuals in attendance.
Not too long ago, Gov Abiodun and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo have 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 current 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 services, banks, courts, authorities institutions, some faculties and few malls inside Abeokuta. Nonetheless, well being staff consider that the federal government has to rise as much as the problem to flatten the curve.
Somewhere else 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 are you aware which have had the virus or which have died from the illness. I don’t assume there’s Coronavirus. If there may be 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 each day hold hovering.
In the meantime, 50 individuals have been arrested and prosecuted by the Ogun State Authorities on Monday for refusing to put on face masks.
The face masks violators, who have been arrested in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, have been subjected to 2 hours of neighborhood providers after they have 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 have been arrested by a process power on the state secretariat in Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.