ONDO State Government has ordered a total lockdown of markets in the state following the federal government’s directive to curb the spread of the pandemic COVID-19.
According to the Commissioner for Information and Orientation of the state, Donald Ojogo, “the order was as a result of the refusal of residents to comply with the initial directive of partial closure of markets. The partial closure excluded lifesaving items such as food, water and medicines. The markets are to remain closed until further notice”, he added.
Similarly, Dr Wahab Agbenero, the state’s Commissioner For Health and Chairman of Inter-Ministerial Committee on COVID-19, during a news conference said, “we are so prepared for the fight against this virus that has thrown the globe into a state of confusion.
We have 11 ventilators though only five are functional at the moment. A total of 12 individuals have been tested of this dreaded virus and we await their results. The governor, AkeredoluOluwarotimu has also approved the sum of N98.85 million to enhance the effective discharge of the committee’s duty as it were.
“The state’s Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH) is today functional and ready for use though all positive cases are requested to be sent to Lagos for adequate treatment.
Reacting to this development, a lecturer and businessman in Ondo State who pleaded anonymity said, “Oftentimes, you see citizens act in funny manners and you are left to wonder if they are being foolish or unnecessarily wicked.
The initial directive of partial lockdown that allowed food vendors, food items sellers, medicine shops and other daily need of man was harmed by the refusal of other traders to comply.
“Presumptuously, they may have taken it as partiality for some to be allowed to trade and others not allowed. In all honesty, this COVID-19 of a virus is a global pandemic sickness and the world is taking proactive measures to contain the spread of it. Whichever the tide turns, my utmost concern is for the poor masses”, he added.
Fowowe Agnes, a trader in Ikare Akoko, Ondo State, explained that people should be allowed to trade. In her words, “every trader should be compelled to adhere strictly to the wearing of face mask, gloves and other personal protective equipment. Many people feed their families from these businesses, how would they cope when they no longer trade?” she concluded.
A student of Adekunle Ajasin University, Ondo State, who simply gave her name as Busola said, “this break wouldn’t have been had it not been for this pandemic virus. I know all of these directives and orders are geared at safeguarding the lives of the Nigerian publics.
In as much as I know these things, I very much detest this holiday for so many reasons. First, it is elongating our stay in the school system, secondly, by the time school is resumed, we will be subjected to severe academic pressure as the school management will want to maximise the little time they have and make ample progress. Thirdly, most students’ interest in school would have depreciated if not totally gone”, she added.
Manufacturers of different products within the state were not left out as they all shut down in the exception of makers of food and edibles.