…As Oyo deputy governor says relationship with boss still cordial, robust***
The Oyo State COVID-19 Task Force has relaxed the existing curfew imposed on the state to between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m.
Mr Taiwo Adisa, Chief Press Secretary to Gov. Seyi Makinde, said in a statement that the decision was reached at the COVID-19 task force meeting presided over by the governor on Sunday in Ibadan.
According to Adisa, the new directive on curfew between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. replaces the initial order which pegged the curfew at between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m.
He said the state COVID-19 task force had advised farmers in the state to take advantage of the curfew relaxation to enhance their farming activities.
He said that report from the task force showed that the state had so far recorded 233 COVID-19 positive cases, while 171 of them are active ones.
The media aide further said that some measures were approved for implementation by the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC), which coordinated the operations of the thematic segments of the containment drives.
“One of such is the approval of a facility in Ibadan for use as observation and isolation centre for the category of patients after thorough reviews.
“Agreement has been reached with the management of a facility in Ibadan to provide bed spaces for some positive cases whose status have been considered by the experts.
“The state government is also wrapping up further renovation and face-lifting activities at its isolation centres located at Agbami, Jericho, Ibadan, Igbo-Ora, Ogbomoso, Saki and Aawe, near Oyo town,” he said.
Adisa also said that the planned community testing, which could not be kickstarted at the weekend owing to the festivities and public holidays, would commence by the end of the week.
He added that training of health workers that would participate in community testing exercise would commence in 10 locations after the holidays.
In the meantime, the Deputy Governor of Oyo State, Alhaji Rauf Olaniyan, has highlighted that his relationship with his boss, Gov. Seyi Makinde, is still very robust and cordial.
Olaniyan told newsmen in Ibadan on Sunday that reports alleging a rift were “the handiwork of fifth columnists bent on destabilising the current administration in the state”.
He rejected suggestions that the Makinde-led administration had achieved nothing in the last one year.
“The administration has achieved a lot in the last year. We have achieved a lot in the areas of education, health, security and infrastructure. We have also maintained regular payment of salaries
“Those saying that this administration has not achieved anything in the last one year are mischief makers who are hell-bent on distracting and destabilising the government,” he said.
On the COVID-19 pandemic, Olaniyan said that the government was doing everything humanly possible to stop further spread of the virus.
“We have set up functional isolation centres, test centres and upgraded some health facilities across the state.
“We have also identified the poor and most vulnerable, and distributed palliatives to them in a very modest way.
”We have tried to ensure that these palliatives get to the targeted people. The government will do even more,” he said.
The deputy governor assured Oyo residents that the administration would remain focused and committed to their well being, saying that the protection of lives and property was a major goal.
He said that the administration would continue to implement people-oriented policies aimed at transforming the state and uplifting it to greater heights.
Olaniyan congratulated Muslims on the successful completion of the fasting period and the Eid-el-Fitri celebration, and called on them to continue to live in harmony.