COVID 19: Kwara Bans Social Gatherings, Closes Motor Parks, Markets


By Hammed Shittu

Following the spread of Covid-19 to neighbouring states of Osun, Oyo, and Ekiti, the Kwara State government Wednesday ordered a lockdown of the state by placing a ban on social and economic activities with immediate effect.
The government said all motor parks, markets, taxi and commercial motorcycle operators, mosques and.churches, and other social gatherings had been closed.
The deputy governor, who is also the chairman, technical committee on Covid-19, Mr. Kayode Alabi, disclosed this in Ilorin on Wednesday while addressing newsmen on the activities of its  technical committee on  Covid-19 in the state.
He said that, the development became imperative so as to protect the lives of the residents of the state.
Alabi  said that, the government would put security arrangement on ground so as to ensure compliance in the state.
He explained that, the lock down of the state would curb spread of the virus by people from affected neighbouring states.
He said that fast food operators in the state should do take-away and must not allow any customer to sit down to eat in their business premises henceforth”.
While assuring the members of the public of prompt preventive measures to curb the spread of  covid-19 in the state, Alabi said that, the government would not rest on its oars so as to make the state covid-19 free.
He therefore called on the people of the state to cooperate with the government in the task of curtailing the spread of the pandemic in the state.
On the insinuations that the state governor, Alhaji Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq, has been in isolation for allegedly shaking hands with the  top federal officials that have tested positive for the virus, Alabi said  “I want to say emphatically that, our governor is not in isolation and he is hale and hearty”.