Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun extended the current relaxation of the blockade being enjoyed by residents of the state for a week with the relaxation window on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm every days until 31 of this month
Speaking at a press conference at his office in Okemosan, in the state capital, the governor said the second phase of relaxation should begin on June 1, with more opportunities for residents to engage in other business activities.
Although enacting the level of compliance in the state that, he said, resulted in an increase in the community spread of the coronavirus, he noted that more measures are being implemented to increase testing and analysis of samples.
Below is a full text of the governor's speech, presented earlier on Friday.
People from Ogun state, see the highlights of my press briefing at COVID-19 today, May 22, 2020, with updates on the blockade and response strategies and facilities:
We had the biggest increase in the number of cases in the last week since the index was registered.
Although we discharged a total of 36 cases, we registered 49 new cases in the last week (with an increase of 37%), bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 183.
As proof of the fact that we must increase our testing capacity from 450 to 600 per day, the NCDC arrived in the state today to certify our Molecular Laboratory at OOUTH, Sagamu.
However, keeping in mind that confirmed cases continue to increase due to the blatant neglect of measures and restrictions, especially the ban on interstate travel, we will maintain the blocking window on Monday, May 25, 2020, Wednesday, 27 and …. 7 am (morning) and 5 am (night).
For example, four people traveling from the state of Niger were intercepted by officials in Abeokuta four days ago, while 19 people traveling across the illegal land borders of Togo and Côte d'Ivoire were intercepted and quarantined in Idiroko on Wednesday.
But we have already charged 224 violators of lock and curfew in mobile courts.
To improve our health care capacity, we are already renovating some Primary Care Centers across the state, while training 200 employees with PHC and some private health facilities, which would be accredited by the NCDC in the management of specialized virus management. As we included CDAs and community leaders in the training, some 2,500 participants would end up being trained. Involving our community leaders would raise awareness to stem the spread of the community.
While preparing for complete commercial operations and to further facilitate the blockade that will begin on June 1, 2020, we have adopted the “See and Treat” protocol, in which symptomatic patients would begin receiving treatment even before the results arrive.
I am happy to announce that many establishments with large employee bases have started taking the COVID-19 tests and hope that others will follow suit.
We will start the third phase of distributing aid packages over the weekend, to cushion the effects of COVID-19 restrictions.
Although this cannot relieve us due to the restrictions imposed, remember that this is the great sacrifice that we must all pay to stay alive, as only the living human can pursue his dreams.
I congratulate our Muslim brothers and sisters as we look forward to the successful end of the Ramadan Fast. Our government is in line with the position of the Supreme Council of Nigeria for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), whose Secretary General, Professor Is-haq Oloyede, is a proud son of our beloved state, and orders the faithful Muslims in the state to comply with the Council's demands. . directive to offer your Eid prayers at home.
May Allah Almighty (SWT) keep us witnessing many more years of Ramadan.
I appreciate our frontline workers and the entire population of Ogun State for their sacrifices, support and cooperation, including voluntary humanitarian donations from well-meaning private individuals and organizations.
May we all see the end of the pandemic.