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Monday, April 6, 2020

Stimulus Package: I Won't Allow Myself To Be Distracted By Ogun Politicians - Abiodun


•Governor Abiodun


From Heritage Odih, Abeokuta

Again, Governor Dapo Abiodun has blamed  some unnamed politicians in Ogun State as being responsible for the spell of misgivings sorrounding the COVID - 19 stimulus package meant for the vulnerable, poor and aged people in the state.

Abiodun cautioned such politicians to desist from playing politics with everything, saying this is not the time to throw "jibes" when the whole world is concerned with the onerous task of combating COVID - 19 pandemic.

The Governor spoke at his Iperu home, Ogun State, while addressing reporters about the lifting of the lockdown from 7am to 2pm on Tuesday to enable Ogun residents re-stock their homes with basic necessities.

He, however, said that he would not  allow his administration to be "distracted" with the "jibes" being hurled at it by politicians who were in the habit of playing politics with issues that ought not to warrant politicization.

And fielding questions from reporters, he said Dangote company was granted waiver this period of lockdown to operate because it is a critical state holder to the socioeconomy of the Gateway State, noting that over 5000 jobs - direct and indirect, revolves around the company's economic activity in the state.

In his address, he disclosed that Ogun State has recorded two new cases of COVID - 19, making the numbers of confirmed cases to hit six since the first index case was discovered in Ogun last February 28.

He also disclosed that the fresh index cases have no travel history with Coronavirus endemic countries or contacts with people having travel history.

According to him,  the new development is a wake up call on all take cognizance of the fact that the virus does not a respect class, age, sex or any demographic variables, hence the need for every body to be more vigilant, observe social distancing, regular hands washing and respiratory hygiene.

He said while one of the index cases came from Mowe in Obafemi Owode Local Government Area of the State, the other hails from Yewa South Local Government,  adding that by the latest development, the confirmed cases are now distributed across the three senatorial districts of the State.

Abiodun said: "I reaffirm the commitment of this Administration to the welfare of the citizenry at all times. The commitment to the welfare of residents of the state is why we delayed the commencement of the total lockdown in the state to Friday, and why we also gave the window of suspension of the lockdwown from 7.00am to 2.00pm every 48 hours. 

"The lock down will be lifted tomorrow Tuesday 7the April from 7am - 2pm to allow residents buy food items and drugs, and earn some bit of living, especially for those who earn their living on a daily basis.

"However, as you take advantage of the window of suspension of the lockdown, from 7.00am to 2.00pm tomorrow and the subsequent windows every 48 hours, you are required to observe social distancing guidelines, wash your hands with soap and water regularly or use a hand sanitizer and wear a face mask when you come out in the public. 

"Those who do not have any pressing need to come out should stay home, even during the window of suspension of the lockdown.

"I wish to also applaud the orderly conduct of the people during the distribution of relief food items which commenced over the weekend across the state.

" It is important to emphasise again that the priority target is for the elderly, the poor and the vulnerable households who are expected to receive a pack of the seven food items each as earlier announced. 

"The exercise is an on-going process and in phases. I wish to therefore enjoin those who have not received to be patient as the items would get to them in due course. 

"It is worth emphasising for the umpteenth time that each of the pack of seven food items is meant for a household of the elderly, the poor and the vulnerable and not for any street, group, or Community Development Association to unbundle and start sharing the items in bits and pieces. 

"This will defeat the purpose of the palliative. In the first phase, between 250-300 households are targeted in each ward, and distribution will continue in phases until 1,500 to 2,000 households reach is achieved in each of the 236 wards in the state, approximating to about 2.5 -3 million citizens.

"The fight against corona virus is a relentless one and the reality of it stares us in the face with increasing figures of the number of positive cases and deaths globally and even on our shores. And today, I have the unpleasant task of announcing two new positive cases in Ogun State today, bringing the total to 6 from the index case identified late February. 

"Though out of the 6 cases, three have been discharged and one is also responding to treatment and on the verge of being discharged, the two new cases may be erroneously considered few but certainly very significant. One of the case is from
Obafemi-Owode Local Government in Ogun Central whilst the other is from Yewa South in Ogun West, thus each of the three senatorial districts in the state has one case at least. 

"This is significant, particularly when the two new cases have no recent travel history or close contact with any positive case with travel history. Indeed, one of them is from Mowe, a border town with Lagos State. They have since been moved to one of our isolation centres in the state. 

"It is therefore important for us all to protect ourselves and our community from this invisible but dangerous virus by observing all the guidelines and shed off any carefree attitude that some may have been adopting toward the virus. COVID-19 is real. It is here also in Ogun State.

"As an Administration, we consider it expedient to unveil new measures to combat the spread of the corona virus pandemic and these include:

"Provision of a special welfare package for our frontline health workers in view of their higher risk of exposure to the deadly virus in the course of providing healthcare to others.

" Identification and enrolment of specific private hospitals in the state as incident centres / first responders in the management of the pandemic. Their staff will be trained in corona virus case management and provided with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other items. 

"These private hospitals will complement the over 500 government health facilities, including Primary Healthcare Centres spread across the nooks and crannies of the state.

• All political office holders at the state level from Senior Special Assistants to Special Advisers and Honourable Commissioners are now part of the State Task Force that can be contacted by the public for information, feedback and complaints.

"We are concluding plans to take delivery of our molecular laboratory as earlier mentioned.
Plans are also underway for a mobile testing laboratory.

"Inaddition, the government is also establishing a drive-through testing facilities all in effort to test as many as possible so as to truly confirm that numbers of positive cases we have are a true reflection of the situation in our state.

"We will continue to review the measures and strengthen our preparedness to combat the corona monster on an on-going basis. 

"Our health workers have demonstrated uncommon commitment, vigilance, professionalism and rear sacrifice to rise up to this historic moment. We owe them a debt of gratitude and we must put them in our prayers for their own safety in the discharge of their critical duty to save the lives of others. 

"However, we must do more than that. 
This is why we are have put together a special welfare package to cover them. It does not equate their service but it is at least a token for them to know we care about them as they go about giving health care to others and provide some succour for them and their families.

"We want to particularly thank all those who have donated to this cause in cash and in kind Winners Indomie Honeywell Kessington Adebutu Dangote Archbishop Fape /Anglican Communion Leadway FCMB Tony Elumelu Baptist Convention Fidson Pharmaceuticals Senator Ibikunle Amosun Senator Tolu Odebiyi and all those who have sent cash donations using our USSD from the N950 to the N2,000 it all adds up and we are very grateful."


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