By Raymond Osho
ABEOKUTA: There may be increas in the number of the COVID 19 victims in Ogun as staff of Dangote Cement Company, Ibese Plant in Yewa-North Local Government of the state operate contrary to the Covid-19 Safety Measures and Guidelines and Federal government directives.
The Lawmaker, representing Egbado 1 at the States House of Assembly, Hon. Adanju Adegoke Awoso who visited the plant regretted that the way and manner at which staff of the company are operating is at variance with the Federal government directive on the pandemic as they violate the Social distancing measures and other preventive measures laid down by the government.
It would be recall that Dangote Cement Company, Ibese Plant, had since the inception of the lockdown is one of the companies given exemption to operate despite the ban on some other business activities in the state.
According to Hon. Adanju Awoso, “I received several calls from my constituents across Yewa North on the danger that is looming at Dangote Cement, Ibese Plant.
“The ways and manners of operations is at variance with Covid-19 Safety Measures and Guidelines. There is no medical taskforce to enforce discipline at all and all these truck drivers travel to the 36 states of the federation and as far as Ghana and others neigbouring African countries.
”I was at the Dangote Cement Plant myself on a fact-finding mission. The way and manner at which businesses were ongoing in their parks and premises left much untold. One will never believe that Covid-19 is existing in Nigeria at all.
“The company has largely violated Social distance and all preventive measures laid down by the Federal and State governments. The gathering alone is quite over 100 in a cluster. It is this kind of flagrant negligence that resulted in the great death toll in Kano today”.
Awoso who is the Chairman House Committee on Health insisted that all the drivers and casual workers in the company must be tested or put on isolation in other to avert danger.
His words “It will not be out of order if those drivers are tested or put on isolation upon their return from such trips. Not only that, all casual workers from my town in Igbogila and it’s environ commune daily to work and interact with members of the community despite their exposure to risk.”
The Lawmaker who lauded the state Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun and the Ogun Covid-19 team led by Dr Tomi Coker for their love and passion towards making Ogun State a Coronavirus free State, said, “As the State government has given exemption letters to Dangote Cement, there is also a need for them to address the safety of people in Yewa North where its plant is operating vis-a-vis the entire Yewa and Ogun State.
“Dangote Cement should provide temporary accommodation for all casual workers coming from neigbouring communities into their Plant. This will at least limit their chances of interaction with other community members and lower the risk of transmitting the virus should in case the casual workers contract it.
To forestall danger at the plant, Awoso recommended that all the truck drivers should be regularly observed, saying, “the State government should hurriedly place a ban, disinfectant and decongest the trailers park,
“Ogun State government should deploy able security officers to enforce social distancing measures and checkmate the influx of people, such as area boys who ordinarily have no business around the company, but still continue to go there.”