By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
Osun State Government has cancelled the Independence Day parade in the State as the country marks the 60th anniversary on October 1.
According to the government, the decision to cancel the Independence day parade was part of the precautionary measures against the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Commissioner for Home Affairs, Hon Tajudeen Lawal, who announced the decision in a statement issued on Wednesday, said the position of the State Government was necessary to ensure that the flattening curve of the pandemic remains so as there is a possibility of spreading the virus in a high-density gathering.
Lawal said: “The State Government of Osun is by this medium informing the general public that this year’s Independence Day celebration will be without the usual fanfare and parades.
“Although it is a landmark celebration of our great country, the State Government is urging citizens to take responsibility for their safety by maintaining social distancing, wearing their face masks in public places, washing their hands regularly and generally adhering to other safety standards set by the government and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.”