Governor Seyi Makinde has said that Oyo State secretariate will be reopened on Monday, while curfew will also be relaxed in the State.
In an address on Saturday evening, the governor said, “The State Secretariat will be reopened on Monday April 27th 2020. Only civil servants at level 13 and above with separate offices will resume.
“The following guidelines are in place to prevent and control the spread of COVID-19 within the secretariay. There will be new security measures in place including having only one gate to serve as entrance and exit. All other gates will be closed. All meetings will be held online.
No visitors are allowed except absolutely necessary.
“There will be hand washing facilities in strategic locations round the secretariat. One 100ml hand sanitizer and face mask will be given to each officer.
” Bush canteens around the secretariat will remain closed. Officers are encouraged to bring their own food for lunch.Posters and banners will be in conspicuous places round the secretariat to revalidate guidelines for resumption.
“The dusk to dawn curfew in Oyo State, will be relaxed from 7 PM to 7 AM, to 7 PM – 5 AM, to accommodate farmers, this planting season. The farmers are being sensitised on how they can stay safe as they farm during this period.
Makinde maintained that COVID-19 compliant guidelines would be provided for markets, including hand washing and wearing of face masks, stressing that only markets which meet up with the guidelines would be allowed to reopen.
He used the opportunity to commend the Minister for Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, for the work done at the national level to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
The governor said that the Federal Ministry of Health was decentralising the accreditation of isolation/treatment centres to state level so that it could be quicker and more efficient, and based on that, the Chief Medical Director of the University College Hospital, Ibadan would be working with the Commissioner for Health, to set up a five-person accreditation team.
“The palliatives to be provided by the Oyo State Government are now ready, based on our data, they would be distributed to 90,000 households identified as the poorest of the poor and 30,000 targeted vulnerable households.
“The government would start taking delivery of the one million face masks being produced from tomorrow. These face masks would be distributed for free to market men and women, artisans and civil servants.
He said that the patient at Agbami Chest Centre, Jericho would be moved to the Infectious Disease Centre, Olodo in order to upgrade the facilities at Agbami.