Fayemi extends Ekiti lockdown by two weeks

Ekiti Governor Kayode Fayemi

Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, has extended the movement restriction and curfew imposed in the state by two weeks, following the expiration of the initial order on Monday.

The restriction will now end on April 27

The new directive which was contained in a release signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Biodun Oyebanj, also made wearing of face mask compulsory in public places.

The governor also directed that the restriction of movement would be suspended for eight hours, (between 6am-2pm) on Thursday, April 16 and Thursday, April 23, to allow the people re-stock essential goods.

Like the previous order, those on essential services and vendors of food stuff, water and medicines and other essential goods are allowed to move with valid means of identification.

The governor also said government would scale up its palliative measures and other support to the people and businesses in order to cushion the effect of the movement restriction.

The statement reads: “In consideration of available evidence on progress made to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Ekiti State and in recognition of similar efforts by neighbouring states and the Federal Government of Nigeria, the Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has directed the extension of restriction of movement and curfew in Ekiti State for two weeks, until 23:59 Monday, April 27, 2020.

 “Only exceptions allowed are for the purposes of obtaining food, seeking emergency, life-saving, or chronic medical attention or obtaining social security grant.  Persons performing essential services will be allowed to move around, particularly health workers, but must be duly designated with an identity card by the Head of their Institutions.

“All businesses and other entities shall remain closed. Oja Oba and Oja Bisi markets shall remain closed except for any business or entity involved in the manufacturing, supply, or provision of an essential good or service. In facilities where essential goods are sold, all directives in respect of hygienic conditions to prevent the exposure of persons to COVID-19 must be adhered to.

“Any gathering in Ekiti State remains prohibited safe for gathering in respect of a funeral, which shall be limited to 20 people.

“All boundaries of the State shall remain closed during the period of extension, except for transportation of fuel, and essential goods.

“All commuter transport services including bus services, taxi services, motorbikes (Okada) and tricycle services (Keke NAPEP) are prohibited.

“In compliance with recent findings on causes of the spread of COVID -19, wearing of facemasks in public places will be compulsory from 14th April, 2020.  Government is finalizing arrangements to make facemasks available to persons on essential duties, including foodstuff sellers in markets.

“The school on-air programme for primary and secondary school students will continue during the period. The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology has been directed to continue to improve on the modalities for ensuring effective delivery of this programme.”

Fayemi commended the people for their patience and understanding, adding that there is sufficient evidence to show that these measures taken so far are working.