<!– Governor Kayode Fayemi, Ekiti State Governor –>
Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi on Monday extended the current 4-week old lockdown and restriction of movement in the state by another six days.
Fayemi made this known at about 9:00p.m on Monday, in a statewide broadcast, shortly after that of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“Since we commenced the Stay-At-Home and ‘Dusk to Dawn’ curfew 4-weeks ago, as part of actions to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in Ekiti State, we have recorded some significant successes.
“The situation has also thrown up a new set of challenges that necessitates that we take stock, review and recommit ourselves to the goal of keeping our state coronavirus free.
”These measures have become necessary in view of the fact that interstate travel from the main epicentre of the outbreak have been responsible for the index cases of infection in many states, including here in Ekiti State.
” This was why the Nigerian Governors Forum, under my leadership, agreed among others, that a coordinated restriction on interstate travel is thus expected to reduce the spread significantly with a view to quickly bringing the pandemic under control,” he said.
He regretted that it was the desire of the government that normal life and business activities be restored immediately, in view of the economic pressure and loss of livelihood for many of the residents, but remarked that the prevalence would not allow that at this time.
”The enemy we face is so deadly that we must prioritize the safety of lives, health and well-being of our people over other considerations.
”We must therefore proceed with caution to ensure we do not lose all the advantages we have gained from the sacrifice of the past 4 weeks.
”That means we are not out of the woods yet, so in reviewing the lockdown, our actions must be cautious, gradual, deliberate and very firm.
“More importantly, they must be as advised by the medical and scientific experts at the frontline of this battle,” the governor said.
He said after careful deliberation with the State Task Force on the impact and gains of the last 4 weeks, and in view of the sudden spike in the confirmed cases in the state, from a total of four to eight, with five active cases at the weekend, the government could not totally lift the lockdown without endangering Ekiti residents.
”I have therefore decided that we shall proceed cautiously as follows: There shall now be a 6p.m – 6a.m curfew every day of the week until further notice. No movement of vehicle or human traffic whatsoever will be allowed except for verified medical emergencies.
”The current lockdown directive, which ends today Monday, April 27th is hereby extended for another six (6) days until 23:59 hours, on Sunday, May 3rd, 2020. All conditions and exemptions remain in force during the extension,” he said.
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