Closure of Markets Doesn’t Affect Food items, Medicines —Akeredolu

By: Ade Adeleke

Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu today ordered the immediate closure of all markets, malls and shops across the State as part of efforts to prevent coronavirus.

Under this fresh directive which is for a period of seven days in the first instance, only the sale of life-saving and sustaining items like food, water and medicines shall be allowed.

A statement by the commissioner for Information, Mr Donald Ojogo, Governor Akeredolu reiterates that the suspension of political gatherings and meetings is still in force.

Ojogo said “this is to clarify that the Ondo State Government directive to shut markets, malls and shop over COVID-19 does not affect the sale and purchase of life-saving and sustaining items like food, water and medicines. This is clearly stated in the statement issued earlier.

“However, Government considers it necessary to enlighten the populace in view of possible misrepresentations that the directive equally affects transaction in the listed items.

The statements indicates that Governor Akeredolu has equally directed the immediate cancellation of all his official engagements including courtesy calls and other engagements already approved and scheduled prior to this time.

The Governor seeks the co-operation and understanding of all residents in the State as he works assiduously to keep the State safe from COVID-19.

Below is the full details of the Statement;

PRESS STATEMENT

ONDO DIRECTS IMMEDIATE CLOSURE OF MARKETS

…. cancels courtesy calls, visits to the Governor’s Office

Following the decisions of the Ondo State Executive Council meeting of Monday, 23rd March, 2020, to stem the tide of the rampaging COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu, SAN has ordered the immediate closure of all markets, malls and shops across the State with effect from today, March 24th, 2020.

Under this fresh directive which is for a period of 7 days in the first instance, only the sale of life-saving and sustaining items like food, water and medicines shall be allowed.

Similarly, Governor Akeredolu reiterates that the suspension of political gatherings and meetings is still in force. In this regard, any form of open campaign for the forthcoming Local Government Election in the State should be discontinued for the meantime.

And in furtherance of his resolve to deepen efforts under the present circumstances, Governor Akeredolu has equally directed the immediate cancellation of all official engagements.

This directive includes courtesy calls and other engagements already approved and scheduled prior to this time; and shall suffice for a period of 14 days in the first instance.

The Governor seeks the co-operation and understanding of all residents in the State as he works assiduously to keep the State safe from COVID-19.

Donald Ojogo
Hon. Commissioner for Information and Orientation

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