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Lock down Ogun now, NMA urges Dapo Abiodun


• Akeredolu tests negative as FRSC vows to punish regulation offenders
• Oyo State government shuts down civil service for two weeks

The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Ogun State Chapter, yesterday asked Governor Dapo Abiodun to lock down the state for at least two weeks in view of the increasing cases of COVID-19 across the country.

The state Chairman of the association, Dr. Ismail Lawal, who gave the advice while addressing journalists at the NMA House in Abeokuta, said the lockdown would allow the government and health officials to detect some “undetected” cases in the state.

He said that the number of Coronavirus patients and the contacts so far identified in the state “are just infraction of cases lurking around in the state.”

He insisted that in view of emergency in the health sector, the lockdown had become inevitable, and its advantage outweighs the disadvantage.


He, therefore, urged philanthropists and organisations to support the government to enable it combat the disease to a standstill.

Meanwhile, shortly after Ondo State Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu agreed to submit himself for Coronavirus test, the result came out negative.

The state’s Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr. Donald Ojogo, in a statement made available to journalists in Akure yesterday, said: “This is to officially announce to all residents of the state and indeed, the world, that the result of the test carried out on the governor of Ondo State, Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu, is out. It is negative.

However, the Ondo State Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Commission, Mr. Rotimi Adeleye, has directed all drivers and motoring public to desist from overloading of passengers and goods, warning that anyone who flouts the government orders, will be dealt with.

Meanwhile, Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State yesterday announced that the state government would today shut down the state civil service for two weeks.

Makinde, who disclosed this in a tweet, however, said only workers rendering essential services would be required to report for duty.


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