OYO State Governor, Seyi Makinde has declared that it would henceforth begin publishing names of violators of COVID-19 guidelines.
The government made this known yesterday in Ibadan, through Oyo state COVID-19 Decontamination and Containment Committee Chairman, Prof Olanike Adeyemo.
According to the governor, keeping the identity of defaulters of COVID-19 protocols had led to widespread of the virus in the state .
The Oyo state government maintained that it would consolidate on its self-policing strategy of containing the spread of COVID-19 by adopting another strategy tagged: “name and shame.”
Sources say, community reporting would consolidate on the government’s strategy of containing the spread of COVID-19 through the use of Geographical Information System (GIS).
The COVID-19 chairperson, disclosed during containment stakeholders’ town hall meeting held at the Western Hall, Agodi Secretariat, Ibadan,yesterday that the strategy would entail publicly naming corporate organisations, events, gatherings or individuals conducting themselves in violation of the stipulated protocols and guidelines of COVID-19.
Adeyemo, while explaining the rationale behind the ‘shame-and-name’ strategy, said that keeping the identity of defaulters of COVID-19 protocols had led to widespread of the virus in the community.
She also noted that a mobile app named “citizens compliance reporter platform” had been launched for citizens to send pictures and videos of defaulters of the novel coronavirus.
“I want to say that it is not to witch-hunt. When you also see people who are doing the right thing, you should also report, so that we can also commend them. At least, to say they are doing well and where they are not doing well, we will be able to say so with evidence to make sanctions,” Adeyemo said. “
Continuing, “all the stakeholders present are leaders in their own right and we want them to know that they need to exert that influence over their network with a view to ensuring compliance of all the preventive measures of COVID-19.
Adeyemo said the governor has done what he needs to do for the state, urging citizens to do part of their own responsibility by doing the needful.
He flayed the situation obtainable in the banks where crowd gathers at will.
“If you go to most banks, you will find out that out of seven ATMs one would be working to serve the people. There is a need for stakeholders to be responsible and that is why we are here. We actually extracted a commitment from them. “
He noted that aside from oral call for citizens to observe all protocols, compliance reporter, which is a citizen’s app for self-policing has been established.
“What that will do is that we will know who to hold responsible. All the stakeholders must do everything they have to do for us to be safe,” she added.
It would be recalled that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) yesterday announced a total of 373 new cases of coronavirus in Nigeria.