Coronavirus: Edo residents commend govt’s stay-at-home order
Residents in Edo State have commended the state government for its response to the coronavirus (COVID-19), noting that the stay-at-home order was expedient in containing the spread of the virus.
A cross-section of residents, who spoke with journalists in Benin City, said the state government has taken commendable steps in containing the spread of COVID-19, ensuring that people observed social distancing and restricting unnecessary movements that could jeopardise their health.
Mr. Fidelis Omoragbon, a resident in Ekehuan Road area of Benin metropolis, said he had to comply with the directive by government because of the sordid details of how COVID-19 has wreaked havoc in developed economies across the world.
According to him, “I commend the government for rising to the occasion to stem the spread of coronavirus. Though we have had only one case in the state, which is imported, it is commendable that the governor has taken drastic measures to curtail the spread of the virus”
Omoragbon continued, “I can tell you that these steps account for why the state is yet to record new cases. We’re particularly impressed with the awareness campaign about the pandemic in every nook and cranny of Edo state, the fumigation of markets and streets and the distribution of buckets with spigots and soap to enable traders who deal with essential commodities observe the sanitary measures on hand-washing to prevent the spread of the virus.”
Another resident, George Osahon, while commending the Obaseki-led administration, urged other residents to cooperate and comply with the state government in its efforts at safeguarding the public.
He said, “The systemic approach adopted by this administration to curtail the spread of the virus is encompassing and commendable. Its enforcement of these guidelines, especially in public buses is impressive as it will ensure the safety and well-being of Edo people. Though compliance has been grand, I urge other residents to support the government in its efforts at safeguarding the people.”
The state government, had as part of steps to curtail the spread of the virus, ordered civil servants below grade level 12 to work from home, closure of schools and markets, a ban on any gathering above 20 persons, stringent guidelines for transporters and hoteliers, among others.