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May 01: Wear Face Mask Or Get Arrested – Ogun Governor. [Nigeria]


From May 1, anybody who goes out without wearing a face mask will be arrested by the government of Ogun State, Gov Dapo Abiodun has said.

Gov Abiodun said the violators will be quarantined for 14 days and be made to undergo compulsory community services for attempting to spread Coronavirus in the State.

This was disclosed on Friday, by Governor Dapo Abiodun, during a press conference at his Iperu residence.

Abiodun said his government had always encouraged the use of face mask, stressing that with the reality facing Ogun, “the use of face mask in public by all individuals in Ogun is now compulsory as from Friday, 1st May, 2020.”

According to him, the state will start the distribution of face masks to millions of residents, who may not have the financial strength to afford same.

This, he said, was in addition to other materials to vulnerable groups across the State.

He said that efforts of the government towards fighting the COVID-19 pandemic to a stand-still was achieving desired results, and the State cannot relent.


#Newsworthy…

Floods of protest in Rivers over LG polls

…youth imposition.

Hundreds of youths have protested an alleged move by some political god fathers to impose candidates in the pending local government election in Cross River State.

The Cross River State Independent Electoral Commission (CROSIEC) has tentatively fixed February 22, 2020 for council elections.

This has led to beehive of activities at the 18 local governments and 196 wards of the state.

But suspecting fowl play in the build up to the election, youths from Boki council took to the streets of Calabar yesterday, shouting, ‘we-no-go-gree ooo’.

The youths, who carried placard with various inscriptions, said they were opposed to recycling of politicians from Boki who had been in power since 1999 to date.

Speaking with journalists, one of the youth leaders and chairmanship aspirant in the Peoples Democratic Party, Kidze Leo, said: “In our hearts we have a lot of worries. We are saying no to imposition of one person against the opinion of many people. There have been a lot of killings in Boki which leaders have not come out to react to. They are only interested in their political ambition.

“Someone who has been nominated and confirmed as commissioner at that level will go as low as causing confusion. It is a big disappointment. I am a businessman and politician, an aspirant (chairmanship) for that matter. If I don’t come out to speak, who will talk for millions of these people? We have come to join forces to produce a vibrant chairman during the election.

“The leaders causing confusion have been in power for a very long time. They don’t want anybody to rise to their level or even above them. They are intimidated by young people coming up in politics. When they see a rising star they gang up and bring you down.

“They brainwash the other youths who are hungry, who cannot fend for themselves and use them against the other fellow youths. But this time, the majority of the people who want to see this transformation are on this side. So, we will definitely conquer.”

Another chairmanship aspirant, also on PDP platform, Jonathan Osang, said: “They should allow us to go freely into the election. The problem of Boki is not the youths. The problem of Boki is the leaders. They have been in power since 1999 to date.

“They were there when they were youths. Now they don’t want the youths to grow. We have a digital governor. We need a digital youth as chairman. The problem of Boki can never finish if we don’t have a youth as chairman.”

Responding, the Permanent Secretary in charge of Security in the governor’s office, Alfred Mboto, promised to take their complaints to the governor.

#Newsworthy…

Just in – Ogun state government cancels monthly environmental sanitation and restrictions of movement.

The Ogun State Government has canceled the monthly environmental sanitation exercise in the state and also lifted the restriction of movement order.

This, the State Government said would enable secondary school students across the state to take part in the on-going National Examination Council (NECO) examinations. This was contained in a statement on Friday by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Dapo Abiodun, Kunle Somorin.

Abiodun, while giving the approval, said the decision was arrived at after reviewing the challenges that the restriction of movement order would have on the Mathematics paper in the NECO exams schedule for Saturday and which coincides with the timing of the monthly sanitation exercise.

“It has become expedient that the interest of the students be considered. Mathematics is a general subject and we need to facilitate hitch-free preparation and movement of students, teachers and NECO officials and examiners to various centres where the exams would hold within and outside the state,” the statement said.

Governor Abiodun, however, implored all citizens to ensure that the cleaning exercise is observed at their various houses, irrespective of the non-restriction of movement during the period of the exercise.

He further noted that it was imperative that all drainage channels be kept free of silts and refuse to avoid flooding of homes that could lead to the destruction of lives and properties.

“Cleaning should not be one-month affair. We need to take care of our personal hygiene and clean our environment regularly and on a daily basis to avoid outbreak of cholera and other preventable and communicable diseases that could lead to epidemics,” the statement further said.

The Governor mentioned that the Ministry of Environment and the Ogun State Environmental Protection Agency (OGEPA) have been mandated to go round and collect refuse generated during period of the exercise, while Environmental Health Officers have also been directed to ensure compliance with Public health regulations and bring offenders to book.

#Newsworthy…