By Bode Akinbode, Ibadan
The Oyo state government will soon commence testing of 10,000 people with the newly acquired instrument for COVID-19.
This was disclosed by the state governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde while answering questions from his isolation center through the telephone on an Oluyole FM radio program on Wednesday.
The governor also disclosed that the government was currently working on a palliative measure that can only embrace widows, orphans, jobless and artisans in the state to cushion the effect of stay at home order.
Engr. Makinde stressed that the government will continue to review decisions based on expert advice from time to time as situations demand but emphasized that the 7pm-6am curfew was still in force advising the people to listen to government directives so that we can all battle the virus together.
On his state of health presently, the governor said they have given him a thermometer to test himself regularly, he demonstrated it publicly on the telephone conversation which read 36.6 suggesting a low temperature. He allayed the fears of the people and expressed hope that he will soon be on his desk to continue his work.
Asked why the federal government did not include Oyo state in its package, the governor said it could be due to the lopsidedness of our federal structure, “We found out that people expected you to come and bow in Abuja before things are done. However, we are engaging them, ‘baba ti o ba mo gba,omo o mo muwa’, this is the situation.
Engr Makinde stressed that Oyo state is bigger than some African nations and it should work out a good modality to stand on its feet” and this is what we are working towards.”