The Osun State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola has ordered a total lockdown in four local government areas in the state for one week.
The lockdown is expected to commence on Tuesday, July 7, in the following local government areas: Ilesa East, Ilesa West, Atakumosa East, and Atakumosa West for seven days in the first instance.
The decision, according to the State Government, was the fallout of the meeting between the government and the stakeholders from the area.
However, according to the governor, if the compliance level was not encouraging, the government would announce a further extension.
The state also said it was closely monitoring other Local Government Areas with rising numbers of those testing positive for COVID-19 and might in the days ahead lock down more areas.
However, the relaxation in other areas of the state has been extended by two weeks.
These were contained in a statement issued by the State’s Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Mrs Funke Egbemode.
She said the decision to impose a total lockdown on the four local government areas was aimed at containing the spread of the virus in that axis of the State.
She stated that government had every reason to believe that it was already witnessing what looked more like a community transmission in the area and as such needed to come up with measures to arrest the trend.
The Commissioner said that the lockdown would be total.
She explained that residents and citizens in that axis would not have the opportunity to go to worship centres and markets during the period, adding that they would only be allowed to shop within their neighbourhoods.
She further explained that under the lockdown, there would be no vehicular movement within the affected areas, stressing that only those on essential duties such as health, fire service, environmental officials, security personnel, power and water supply agencies, media and telecommunication officers will be allowed to move.
Mrs Egbemode also revealed that intra-state travel to and within the affected communities and to other parts of the State “is banned during the period of the lockdown”, warning that violators of the lockdown order would be severely dealt with.
“As you are all aware, the Federal Government, a few days ago lifted the ban on interstate travel in the country. We have, therefore, lifted ours too. But our relaxation guidelines still subsist except for four local government areas, namely; Ilesa West, Ilesa East, Atakumosa West and Atakumosa East Local Government areas where we have now ordered a one-week lockdown, effective Tuesday, July 7.
“For the avoidance of doubt, our curfew will still run from 9.p.m to 5.a.m daily in other parts of the State, except the locked down LGAs.
“To this end, we urge citizens and residents of the affected communities to take advantage of the hours between now and Monday to stock up provisions that will last them one week in the first instance.
“We have mandated and mobilised the state’s task force and security operatives to strictly enforce the measures.
“The decision to shut down a part of the state, though painful, is the only way to go if it must arrest the further spread of the virus in the state,” she added.