Lockdown: Oyo Think -Thank tasks Makinde on enforcement

Critical stakeholders across Oyo state under the auspices of Oyo Think Tank, Monday, called on the state government to put more enforcement modalities for compliance on social distancing and border closure orders in place.

In a communiqué signed by the state NAWOJ chairperson, Comrade Jadesola Ajibola, the Oyo Think Thank emphasised the need for the state government to intensify efforts on awareness campaign on COVID-19, particularly in markets, motor parks and the suburbs, using traditional methods of conveying messages.

The communiqué also noted the need for the state government to “also give attention to the people living with disabilities (PWDs) and orphanages,” in addition to providing free face-marks and hand sanitisers to one million citizens.

“There should be more enforcement modalities put in place to ensure that the populace comply with social distancing and border closure orders as it has been noticed that despite the instruction, people still come into and exit the state on daily basis from neighbouring states, which may increase the risk of escalation of the disease in Oyo state,” it said.

On palliatives, the Oyo Think Thank said, “while we appreciate the government’s plan to systematically distribute palliatives leveraging on available data, the citizens group is available and willing to partner with the government in monitoring the distribution exercise to ensure equitable distribution to all target groups as well as serve as check against any form of abuse by those saddled with the responsibility.”

“The group would like to use this medium to profoundly appreciate the state government for steps taken so far; the healthcare facilities that were provided within a short period; specifically, the Infection Disease Centre, Molecular Laboratory and all other initiatives to ramp up testing and treatment in the state.”

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