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COVID-19: Osun Begins Another Round Of 14 Days Lockdown

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Residents of Osun State would commence another round of 14 days stay-at home order issued by Governor Adegboyega Oyetola.

Governor Oyetola had on Tuesday announced another round of lockdown of 14 days at the expiration of the first 14 days to prevent the spread of dreaded virus among the people of the state.

While reiterating that though the lockdown of the state was painful, Governor Oyeyola in a statewide broadcast said another round of 14 days was necessary and needed in order to curtail the spread.

He maintained that the outcome of the first lockdown revealed that the state government took wise decision because no new case of patient with the virus was discover.

“We are aware of the negative effects of lockdown on our fragile economy. But as a responsible government, we will not sacrifice the lives and security of our people on the altar of economy.”

“Consequently, in order to ensure a total defeat of coronavirus in Osun, we shall extend lockdown by another 14 days.”

“But to allow our people to re-stock, the lockdown is suspended between Wednesday, 15th and Thursday, 16th April, 2020. The second lockdown shall therefore commence on midnight of Thursday, April 16, 2020.”

As at the time of filling this report, the state only has one patient undergoing treatment and was said to be responding to treatment and likely to be discharged any moment from now.

Out of 17 patients at the state isolation, 16 have been discharged after been tested negative twice.

Meanwhile, Speaker Osun State House of Asdembly, Hon. Timothy Owoeye has appealed to the residents and citizens of the state to abide by the provisions of the lockdown order.

He said the 14 days extension of lockdown should not be seen as government insensitivity to the plight of the people adding that it is better to stay at home for another 14 days than being bedridden for 14 years.

He said, “The state will be going into another round of lockdown, I want to appeal to our people to abide by the rules and regulations guiding the lockdown, government might have seen what the populace have not seen, it may not be on the numbers of people who have contracted the virus, but adequately containing the spread in our communities.”

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“The lockdown will start tomorrow, we should all have it at the back of our minds that government is not using the lockdown order to punish people of the state, if we strictly adhere to precautionary measures, we will come out of the situation alive and stronger.”

The Commissioner for Youth, Sports and Special needs, Mr. Yemi Lawal while briefing the Assembly on the modalities employed by the ministry in disbursing cash to the vulnerable in the state said the process is transparent and accountable.

Lawal noted that the data used for the disbursement was first captured in 2014 by World bank consultant for the poorest of the poor, stressing that data has gone through yearly upgrading up until 2019.

He also posited that manual cash disbursement has been replaced with debit cards for accountability and easy tracking of people who the money paid into their various accounts.

“In 2014 while the register was being compiled, people refused to come forth because they don’t want to be labeled as poor and vulnerable, only people who were brave then came out to be captured.”

“The data is being validated on a yearly basis, all the beneficiaries on the list have been verified and certified to be alive”, The Commissioner told members of the House of Assembly.”

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