By Raymond Osho
ABEOKUTA: The Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has threatend to place a ban on commercial motorcyclists from operating in the state if their violation of the pandemic Covid-19 guidelines persists.
Abiodun stressed that his administration had observed that Okada riders in the state are violating the guidelines laid down to curtail the further spread of the epidemic.
The Governor posed the treath during a Press conference held at his Oke-Mosan office in Abeokuta, the state capital on Friday, June 19, 2020, on the next line of action to stop the pandemic.
His words, “We observed that Okada motorcycles are breaking this law and we will not hesitate to ban all Okada motorcycles from operating in our State, if our resolve is further put to test. Taxi cabs and buses still have 60% limitation on their carrying capacity and the measure to arrest and impound any driver that contravenes this in our State is still in force.
It would be recalled that Governor Abiodun in his last briefing considered a tentative date of Friday, June 19, 2020 to further ease the restrictions and allow gradual opening of places of worship. But Abiodun has consequently suspended the initial slated reopening of churches and mosque until there is drastic decrease in the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Reasons, the Governor said that the COVID-19 situation in Ogun State and in the country had not improved, adding that there were dire consequences in loss of human lives for premature relaxation of the guidelines.
“We are consequently suspending our initially slated reopening of places of worship. This is not an easy decision, but we are confident that the wisdom and scientific basis for this decision will become clearer to those who may have initial misgivings about it. Since the advent of this pandemic in our State, our cautious, methodical, data-driven and scientifically.
“I wish to emphasise that the figures of the dead from COVID-19 related complications or the sick may appear to many as just mere statistics, but to those who are directly impacted, these are not just numbers, but caring spouses, loving fathers or mothers, sisters, brothers and cherished relatives,” he posited.
He stated further, “The intention here is not to scare us, but to drive home the point that COVID-19 is real, and we have a collective and individual responsibility to work together to tame it – through compliance with the guidelines.”
Governor Abiodun however remphasised that all five working days in the week (Monday to Friday) are still opened for businesses and other economic transactions with only Saturday and Sunday as lockdown days.