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Ekiti moves against commercial drivers over COVID-19

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Says offenders to forfeit vehicles to govt
As part of efforts to contain COVID-19 in Ekiti State, the state government yesterday said that any driver that violates the lockdown directives would henceforth forfeit his vehicle to the state government.

This was contained in a COVID-19 implementation guidelines released by the government and signed by Secretary to the State Government, Biodun Oyebanji, as Fayemi eased the lockdown imposed on Ekiti State.

The state’s Information Commissioner, Mr. Muyiwa Olumilua, who read the guidelines at a COVID-19 update press parley, said that interstate travels are still being prohibited while vehicles seized would be forfeited to the state government.

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He said that the lockdown was not totally removed but that the residents could enjoy freedom of movement on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., while the curfew earlier placed between 7:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. still subsists.

“All the major markets like Oja-Oba, Shasha and Bisi in Ado-Ekiti remain closed. Vehicles conveying agricultural products and those engaged in farming will be allowed to move freely with valid identification.

“Schools still remain closed down indefinitely. Compulsory use of face-masks still operational while those arrested at the borders will be quarantined for 14 days at their own expense,” he said.

Also, the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Mojisola Yaya-Kolade, while speaking at a press briefing, said that the three new cases of Coronavirus recorded in Ekiti State were healthcare workers that contracted the scourge from the pregnant woman who died two weeks ago.

She said: “The three new persons have been evacuated from their homes and put in our isolation centre. They are currently asymptomatic and we are very lucky because they had only four contacts. We have seen them and their blood samples have been taken.

Besides, the Director-General, Office of Strategic Transformation and Delivery, Prof. Bolaji Aluko, said that religious gatherings remained banned in the state and only burials were exempted, which he said, could only be attended by 20 persons.

“Market remains one of the places where COVID-19 are contracted. So, all major markets are closed down, beer parlours, recreational centres are also closed for the next two weeks,” he said.

Aluko charged the traditional rulers in border towns to institute community policing to work with security agencies to checkmate influx of people from neighbouring or far states into Ekiti, adding: “This is very important because the border towns will first to be ravaged by the disease if it breaks out in Ekiti State.”

The director-general said incessant cases of compromises at the borders had been reported to the security agencies and efforts intensified to rectify such practices.

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