Coronavirus: Makinde Shuts Civil Service for Two Weeks 


Oyo State Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde has ordered the closure of the state Civil Service for two weeks as a measure to prevent the spread of Coronavirus in the state.

The governor who announced this as one of the decisions taken by the State COVID-19 Task Force on Wednesday, said only those on essential duties would be required to report for duty. 

Makinde noted that new guidelines on public transportation have been issued by the Ministry of Public Works, Infrastructure and Transportation to ensure proper hygienic standards and social distancing.

He stressed that the state still has one confirmed case of Coronavirus who is receiving treatment at the isolation centre, Agbami Chest Centre, Jericho, Ibadan.

Makinde noted that the suspected case in Oluyole Local Government who returned from the USA is still asymptomatic and has completed her 14-day self-isolation period.

“All transport operators and park managers are to provide at the entrance to their respective parks/garages, hand washing facilities with soap and running water. They are to provide alcohol-based sanitizers in their vehicles for the use of drivers, conductors and passengers.

“Standing is prohibited in public mass transit buses and there must be a minimum of one seat interval between passengers. Tricycles are limited to three passengers and commercial motorcycles are limited to one passenger only.

“Enlightenment campaigns on Coronavirus in English and Yoruba have commenced in the media. Street to street public announcements using megaphones have commenced in the rural areas,” he said. 

The governor added; “Ministry of Health officials met with religious leaders to ensure compliance with the directive that gatherings are limited to a maximum of 30 persons. They also met with stakeholders in the hospitality industry to ensure compliance with the directive that nightclubs remain closed.”