People of Ekiti state are yet to comply fully with some of the orders laid down by governor of the state Dr Kayode Fayemi as part of precautionary measures against the spread of coronavirus otherwise known as covid-19.
Dr Fayemi had during a broadcast prohibits public gathering beyond twenty persons, closure of all public private schools from primary school to tertiary level.
Other directives include “All. non-essential services in private and public sectors are encouraged to work from home from Monday 23rd March 2020. These includes civil and public servants from level 12 officers and below; except essential services like health workers, caregivers, social welfare officers, fire service officers, emergency response officers, media professionals, and security/ watchmen in public institutions.
” No overloading of passengers in public transportation, Commercial vehicles must ensure only one person is sitting in the front seat with the driver and not more than 3 passengers on a row in the backseat. Motorcyclists (Okadas) must carry only one passenger each to minimize close contact as much as possible.
“Market men and women must practice hand washing under running water with liquid soap at least 6 times a day in their stalls.This is to minimize the transfer of virus picked up in the process of buying and selling.
“Citizens visiting markets must ensure they wash their hands with soap under running water as soon as they leave the market before they get home.
” Unnecessary travels in and out of Ekiti State is hereby discouraged at this time. While we cannot totally shut down the state, we must minimize unnecessary traffic especially from out-of-state, so we can protect our citizens from further importation of the virus and also protect the rest of the country by minimizing the exportation of any virus which may be present in Ekiti State.
However, despite the consequential effect of violating this orders, some residents of the state turned deaf ear as they continued with their normal life style
For instance within Ado Ekiti alone, more than ten different social gatherings consisting of large crowd were recorded while the situation was not different in some local governments under the state.
Some religious houses were not left out as they held vigils and wedding ceremonies with impunity.
Commercial vehicles still continued with their usual style of cramping passengers while commercial motorcyclists still convey two passengers at a time as against the directive.
In one of the social gatherings, guests failed to even maintain social distance as they danced closely in heavy sweat with the celebrants.
In a chat with some of the organizers, they said they were aware of the directives only that the programme had been fixed earlier and could not be shifted 24hrs to the event.
One of them claimed that her guests from Lagos had already arrived Ado Ekiti on Friday before the broadcast of the governor where the order was given.
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