- Governor Seyi Makinde has placed a ban on nightclubs, social and religious gatherings of more than 30 people
- The move, according to the governor, is part of Oyo government's intensified efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus
- Makinde also assured that the state is on red alert and has set up a Covid-19 task force which he is heading
Seyi Makinde, Oyo governor, has banned social gatherings including religious services, weddings and nightclub parties amid intensified efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus.
Oyo recorded its first case of Covid-19 and since then, the government has been on red alert as different measures were put in place including setting up of Covid-19 task force led by the governor.
In a subsequent move, Governor Makinde placed a temporary ban on large crowds, saying gatherings should be limited to 30 people or less.
The governor made the new declaration during a night broadcast at the state-owned broadcasting outfit, Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State (BCOS), on Monday night, March 23, The Nation reports.
Makinde admonished the people of the state to join hands together to fight the global pandemic and called for calm amid growing scare of Covid-19.
The governor also assured that measures have been in places in order to "prevent, contain and control the spread of the disease."
“Since the identification of the Ekiti case on the 18th of March, 2020, the Oyo State Government has ramped up its preparedness for any possible outbreak of the pandemic.
"We set up a COVID-19 Task Force which I am heading. We have activated the Disease Surveillance and Notification System Officers in the 33 Local Government Areas and the 35 Local Council Development Areas.
“We are collaborating with the College of Medicine to set up two Diagnostic Centres at the University College Hospital, Ibadan which will begin operations by the end of the week.
"Both are awaiting the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control’s validation. We are also awaiting reagents for testing which have been ordered," Makinde assured.
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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that following a whirlpool of backlashes that trailed the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)'s 'unification rally' in Oyo, Governor Makinde has apologised to the general public, saying he takes "responsibility for that lapse in judgement."
The southwest region of the PDP had on Wednesday, March 18, held a rally in Ibadan, Oyo state capital at Mapo Hall to welcome a score of defectors including former governor of Osun state Olagunsoye Oyinlola and former deputy governor of Oyo state Taofeek Arapaja.
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