By: Ade Adetona
As Ondo state recorded 16 cases of Coronavirus pandemic, the Ondo state Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has threatened to set up mobile courts to convict anybody that violates government’s COVID-19 orders and regulations.
Addressing newsmen at Government’s House Ground, Akure during his weekly Press Briefing on the pandemic, Akeredolu said if people continue to breach the coronavirus pandemic protocols, his administration will not hesitate to direct the commencement of mobile courts for instant trial of individuals who fail to comply with the COVID-19 orders and regulations.
According to the governor, Such mobile courts will be fully empowered and supported to achieve the aims and objectives for which they are set up.
Akeredolu who confirmed 16th case at the Infectious Disease Hospital is from Ileoluji, opined that, “punishments for those found guilty will range from stiff community service, fines and outright forfeiture/confiscation of wares and properties found as accessories to the violation.
“I have also been briefed of cases of minor breaches and the obvious potentials of an escalation. Example of such breaches include the needless blockade of main roads by sellers of food items, Okada riders and Taxis. Government views this with serious concern and will take every necessary step to enforce the order for the necessary and appropriate period.
“To this end, I have directed the Special Adviser on Transport and the Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Commission to collaborate to ensure the ease of passage of human and vehicles at Oja Oba, Isinkan and Arakale in Akure as well as other city centres in the state.
“It is important to state that if our people fail to obey these regulations, we will not hesitate to direct the commencement of mobile courts for instant trial of individuals who fail to comply with our COVID-19 orders and regulations.
“I therefore wish to enjoin all residents in Ondo state to abstain from all acts in contravention of the extant regulations on COVID-19. As I have often stated, COVID-19 is not a death sentence. It is a temporary challenge which the world, indeed our nation will overcome.
“This is the reason we are daily working on expanding the capability of our health facilities to respond to emergencies and unforeseen eventualities of Covid – 19 in the state.
“To achieve this, we have expanded the capacity of our Infectious Diseases Hospital (IDH) to 210 beds, a tenfold increase in capacity. We have directly provided 80 standard beds, 10 ICU beds, 100 Infrared thermometers, 3 ventilators two of which are ICU ventilators.
“The 80 beds will be used to equip our newly renovated isolation Centre in Ikare. We have also received 100 beds through the coalition against COVID (CACOVID) which will allow for the expansion of our Centre in Akure and the equipping of the new Centre in Ondo town. With direct Government funding and donations in kind and cash by corporate organisations and public spirited individuals, more will be achieved in a matter of time,” Akeredolu said.
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