Following the confirmation of two cases of COVID19 in Offa, Kwara State government is now compelled to effect a total shutdown of the ancient town to contain communal transmission of Coronavirus in order to save people’s lives.
In a bid to achieve safety of lives in the State, an order to shutdown the State will become effective at 6pm local time today.
The directive is pursuant to the Kwara State Infectious Diseases (Emergency Prevention) Regulation 2020.
The shutdown means total restriction on every vehicular movement into or from Offa but the exceptions to the directive are those contained in the recent address of Mr President which granted access to vehicles transporting foodstuffs, poultry and pharmaceutical products.
Part of the directive include, “Any other movement, private or commercial is hereby banned for the next 14 days or until such a time the government is satisfied that our people are no longer at risk of mass infections arising from the two cases that have been traced to the town.
“Any violators are liable to punishments outlined in the Kwara State Infectious Diseases (Emergency Prevention) Regulation 2020. Various security agencies, including the police and the Nigerian Navy, have been drafted to enforce this directive while His Royal Highness the
Olofa of Offa has been fully briefed.
“We urge our people to please bear with us in this tough period. The human community is certain to come out of this pandemic stronger and better. The government calls for timely report of any suspicious case of COVID-19.
“Anyone with travel history to frontline states, the America or European countries and others in the last three weeks should please contact the Kwara State the technical committee for relevant advisory.”