…worship centers remain closed in Ogun
By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
The Executive Governor of Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun has said that he may likely ban bike riders (Okada) activities in the state if they continue flouting government orders on lockdown restrictions.
He announced that religious centers remain closed until further notice.
He made this known during a press conference at the governor’s office, Oke-Mosan , Abeokuta, Ogun State.
The governor said he observed that okada-riders have failed to obey all the rules laid down by the state government as part of its efforts to tackle the spread of coronavirus pandemic.
He said,” I will not hesitate to ban all Okada-Riders in the state, if they continue to flout our order on the use of face masks.
“I have discovered that most of them don’t make use of face masks and this is uncalled for. If they fail to obey our rules, we will ban them and they will not exist in the state,” he concluded.
He, however, said that he would arrest any okada riders and passengers caught for not using face masks or carrying more than one passenger during the relaxation windows.
He also said, in his last briefing, that the state is going to consider a tentative date of Friday, 19th June, 2020 to further ease the restrictions and allow the gradual opening of places of worship on Fridays and Sundays.
According to him, “Towards this end, we have had robust engagements with the religious leaders – Christian Association of Nigeria and the League of Imams and Alfas.
“I must thank them for their forthrightness, cooperation and even appreciation that the curve of the spread of the pandemic is worsening and that places of worship represent most potent fertile grounds for the spread of the deadly virus.
“After a careful review of the data, feedback from the field, expert opinions, and lessons from far and near, two major conclusions are very clear and obvious to all: first, the COVID-19 situation in Ogun State and indeed in the country as a whole has not improved since the last update; secondly, there are dire consequences in loss of human lives for premature relaxation of the guidelines, necessitating a rollback of the relaxation in a number of states and countries. Unfortunately, guidelines may be rolled back, the lost human lives cannot be rolled back”.