By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
Osun State Government has intensified efforts on the advocacy for taking precautions against Covid-19 pandemic in the State.
This was just as the market leaders expressed their support for Governor Adegboyega Oyetola’s candidature for a second term.
The State Government recently through its Civic Engagement arm, launched a Market Rally in a bid to sensitize the residents of the state on Covid-19 pandemic. Major markets that have been visited include Ota-Efun in Osogbo, Sekona in Ede, Ifon in Ifon-Orolu, Thursday Market in Ikirun and a host of others.
At another series of the sensitisation programme, Special Adviser to Governor Oyetola on Civic Engagement, Olatunbosun Oyintiloye urged the residents to support the government’s efforts to curtail the spread of the virus.
Stating the rationale behind the programme which was held at the popular Owode-Ede Market, Oyintiloye noted that the influx of people in market areas made it necessary to sensitise the citizens on the need to obey the COVID-19 safety protocols.
He warned against the dangers of defying the safety measures and guidelines, adding that the second wave of the pandemic is deadlier than the first phase.
“In the last one week, Osun as a state has lost some of its industrious sons and daughters to the cold hands of this pandemic. That is a signal for us that we must prepare and make sure that we continue to sensitise our people.
“We will continue to ring the bell on public awareness that we must desist from violating the rules and guidelines that have to do with the protocols that have been laid down. The wellbeing of the people of Osun is paramount to Governor Oyetola and his administration as this is why he had not left any stone unturned in ensuring every community in the state has a working health centre through the massive upgrade and revitalization of all health facilities across the nooks and crannies of the state.
Noting that Governor Oyetola has good plans for the people of Osun, Oyintiloye called on citizens and residents of the State to support the governor’s second term ambition adding that the governor has put plans in place to make pensioners, workers, and the entire citizenry happy in 2021.
In their separate remarks, the Commissioner for Human Resources and Capacity Building, Alhaja Lateefat Giwa and the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Social Intervention Programs, Hon. Lukman Bello equally corroborated the Special Adviser emphasizing that Covid-19 must be decisively prevented through observing the stipulated guidelines for its containment.
On his part, the Olu of Owode-Ede, Oba Nureni Oyedepo commended Governor Oyetola saying, “the governor has excellently performed bearing in mind the touch of excellence and development he has brought to the critical sectors of the state economy.