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COVID-19: KWSG Urges Residents To Use Neighbourhood Markets

Kwara state Deputy governor, Mr. Kayode Alabi briefing newsmen in Ilorin on Sunday.

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By Mosunmola Ayobami, Kwara

In a move to curb the widespread of Covid-19, the Kwara State Government on Sunday urged residents to use the neighbourhood market to make a purchase

The state government also reiterated that cars movement are restricted, stressing that only trucks ferrying foods and drugs are allowed to move in the state.

He explained that private and other commercial vehicles are barred, stating that they risk being arrested and prosecuted if found on the road.

Deputy Governor and Chairman of the Kwara State Technical Committee, Kayode Alabi at a news briefing in Ilorin stated that the government is displeased with people violating the no-movement directive.

He said the lockdown has been pronounced the only way to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Alabi said the markets in the state remain open on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays between 8a.m. and 12noon but residents are to walk down to markets in their neighbourhood without using vehicles.

“For the avoidance of doubt, all our markets remain open on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays between the hours of 8a.m. and 12noon for people to restock food and other essentials,”  Alabi was flanked by security service commanders in the state and other top government officials while making the announcement.

He explained further that, “But there shall be no vehicular movements of any kind except for those on essential duties and trucks conveying foods and drugs and associated services earlier exempted. For emphasis, Okada, Keke Napep, taxi, private vehicles and other vehicular movements are disallowed.

“People are to patronise only markets nearer to their places of residence. Movements to the markets shall be by foot.

“Anyone caught violating these regulations will be prosecuted in the mobile courts and sanctioned accordingly. People are to note that conviction at these mobile courts carries the same consequences as other judicial convictions.”

Alabi recalled that the state had recorded five new COVID-19 cases, bringing the tally to nine confirmed cases.

He added: “Two days ago, our state recorded five new cases of COVID-19. That means Kwara now has a total of nine confirmed cases. Of these, two have recovered and have since been discharged. All the five new cases were contacts from our previous cases.

“They had been in self isolation from where their samples were taken. As we speak, our hardworking rapid response team has since started aggressive contact tracing of persons who have had contacts with them. This is to prevent community transmission of the disease and put us in firm control of the situation.”

“The truth is that we are in a dire situation. Drastic measures, as we have taken, are required to urgently contain the spread of this virus before it kills everyone or brings down human civilisation as it is threatening to do.

“Our best shot is to stay at home, maintain physical distancing, constantly wash our hands, and practice good coughing or sneezing etiquette, among other safety protocols.”

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, who spoke on behalf of the commanders, said the security agencies have so far focused on enforcement of the directive of the government on movement, adding.

“Going forward, anyone who is caught violating the no-movement directive will be arrested and prosecuted in the mobile courts,” he said.

Egbetokun observed that the directives were in the interest of the people and said security agencies would ensure that those directives are implemented to the letter to save lives.







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