By: Ade Adeleke
Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, yesterday ordered partial closure of popular Shasha market in Akure where foodstuffs and fruits from the north are being sold.
To this effect, Akeredolu said the Shasha Market will now have two days on, and two days off with effect from today to checkmate breaching of physical distancing to prevent further spread of deadly COVID-19 pandemic.
The governor expressed displeasure at the crowdy gathering of marketers and customers at the Sha-Sha Market located along Akure-Owo Road in Akure North Local Government Area of the state.
The governor who gave the directive when he paid unscheduled visit to the market, said it was disheartening that the Social Distancing directive of the Federal and state governments were being violated at the market, hence the need to close it for two days and operate two days weekly.
The governor flanked by some members of his cabinet and Heads of Security Agencies in the state, categorically stated that he would not hesitate to close the market if government directive on Social Distancing, Use of Nose Masks, obedience to Dusk to Dawn Curfew and others, are not religiously followed.
While saying that the State Government would no longer take kindly with any “importation” of coronavirus to the state, Governor Akeredolu enjoined Seriki Hausa of the Market to get in contact with the people bringing food items to the state from the Northern part of the country not to come with passengers.
“Let the people bringing foodstuffs to the state from the North do so without any passenger
“Anybody who brings passengers to the state would have himself to blame”, he said.
The Seriki of Hausa, Alhaji Sheu Ibrahim who received the governor assured that the leadership of the Market would not for any reason tolerate any disobedience to directives made by the State Government.
While appreciating the approval granted the market to open ‘two days on, two days off’, till further notice, Alhaji Sheu Ibrahim called on the police not to allow any truck bringing foodstuffs with passengers into the state.
“We are happy that you agree that we can sell our commodities till Friday, meaning that no market on Saturday and Sunday, thank you sir”, he said.
In his comment, the State Commissioner of Police, Mr Undie Adie, assured the governor that his officers would henceforth be around to enforce all regulations concerning social distancing and mode of operations at the market.
COVID-19: OONI DONATES MOTORIZED MODULAR FUMIGATOR TO ONDO
The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi has donated two motorized modular fumigator to the Ondo State Government, as part of his contributions to the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic in the country.
The monarch also engaged the service of a drone sprinkler–fumigator for the state government for a particular period of time.
The State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu,SAN, who received the donation, thanked the monarch for the gesture.
Governor Akeredolu said the state will make efforts to procure more of the motorized fumigator for the use of the state, adding that the motorized fumigator will serve more effective purposes.
Speaking earlier, Oba Adeyeye said the reality of the covid-19 has neccesitated the need to look inward for home made solutions, as the country must not rest on its oars.
He said: ”A lot of people will be wondering why I leave my palace to go around with this. Truth be told, why are you a king if you can’t cater for your people?
“In the olden days, the Kings are always at the forefront and give courage to their people. I’m leading by example for every other person to know that Covid-19 is real
“We are presenting two modular fumigator to the Ondo State government free of charge. The drone will work in term of rendering service for a particular time free of charge.”
The monarch commended the governor for the steps taken so far in the battle against the deadly virus, saying it is very heartwarming.