Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State says he is in self-isolation as a precautionary measure against the spread of Coronavirus.
Fayemi, also Chairman of the Governors Forum, made this known yesterday in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olayinka Oyebode in Ado-Ekiti.
The governor, in the statement, said his going into self-isolation, should not be misconstrued to mean that he already has the COVID-19 disease.
“There is no cause for alarm. I just took this step as a normal precautionary measure.
“I have gone in contact with those suspected to be having the case of COVID-19, and I felt I have to do this to help the situation.
“With the circumstance we find ourselves today, every citizen must engage in personal hygiene and take actions that can help us overcome this challenge, and that is exactly what I have done,” he said.
Fayemi, therefore, urged Ekiti residents not to panic over the development.
“I took the precautionary measures in the best interest of all and to prevent the spread of the disease,” the governor said.
He urged Ekiti citizens to abide by his directives on social distancing and obey fully the restriction of gathering to only 20 people and handwashing to prevent the spread of the disease.
Fayemi had earlier announced his self-isolation on his tweeter handle, following unfolding revelations that some top presidential aides and governors, whom he had contacts with, had tested positive to the virus.
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A former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George has urged federal government to relax the lockdown it imposed on Lagos State as a result of COVID- 19 pandemic.
George, who made the call in a statement in Lagos, yesterday said the lockdown imposed since March 29 was adversely affecting livelihoods and bringing up security challenges.
He said though government intended to curb the spread of the virus with the lockdown, the directive had left many Nigerians hungry at home without palliatives.
The PDP chieftain noted that there must be a balance between curbing the spread of the virus and protecting livelihoods and asked the government to relax the lockdown while putting safety measures in place.
“Everywhere in Lagos is now locked down. The markets, banking halls, the local grocery shops, the supermarkets, the transportation services are all halted, frozen by the federal government directives since March 29.
“On the surface level, the federal government’s position is to ensure safety, prevent communal spread of the virus and banish this scourge from our shores.
“Lagosians have been staying at home for about a month now. In a largely informal economy where most of our people depend on daily wages, the burden of lack of income is devastating.
“There is a natural growing anger in Lagos as the most vulnerable are ravaged with hunger,” George said.
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