Fayemi relaxes lockdown, flags off palliatives distribution

Ekiti state governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, Monday, emerged from 14 days solitary confinement and flagged off distribution of palliatives to 20, 000 indigent citizens in the state.

Fayemi also relaxed the lockdown imposed on the state since March 29, by giving directive that citizens are allowed to play their trades between 6am and 2pm on Tuesday and Thursday this week to restock and undertake economic pursuits that would keep their households till the curfew will be lifted.

Fayemi, who spoke while flagging off Covid-19 Response/Food bank, stated that: “I just get out of self-isolation this morning and this is the first state function I will perform.”

“I decided to keep away from you in order not to return to self-isolation I had to observe as part of the ways to checkmate the spread of this virus.”

Fayemi added that the curfew had to be relaxed to allow the people restock, clarifying that harsh measure was taken to protect the lives of the populace in view of the daunting nature of the spread.

“We want to appreciate the tolerance and support of our people since the lockdown began. We know that the spread of COVID-19 was daunting, but with unity of purpose, we will overcome.

“As part of the measures to protect our people, we shut down the state on March 29 for the initial 14 days with people restricted to their homes. But on Tuesday April 7 and Thursday, April 9, our people are allowed to move about between the hours of 6am and 2pm to restock and the details of this will be made available later by the Ministry of Justice.

“We are particularly sorry for the hardship this lockdown and restriction has brought to our people, especially the poor ones.”

Fayemi said the government will work out modalities to give financial supports to those whose businesses had been adversely affected by the restriction slammed on the state to rout COVID-19.

He said in fulfilment of the promises made to the populace that the food items will be distributed to those who are genuinely in need and who had registered with the Ministry of Budget and Planning as  poverty-stricken individuals .

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