Coronavirus: Ibadan Polytechnic shut, police to arrest organisers of gatherings with more than 20 persons in Ekiti, Gani Adams postpones festivals


To check the spread of the coronavirus, the management of The Polytechnic, Ibadan, has closed down the institution in line with the directive of the Oyo State Government.
The Registrar of the institution, Mrs Modupe Fawale, stated this on Sunday in Ibadan.
“Students will be communicated of reopening as soon as possible.
“All students are therefore requested to vacate the halls of residence immediately,” she said.
The management of the institution on Friday had announced precautionary measures to protect members of the polytechnic community from the virus.
The measures, it said, included suspension of all international conferences to be hosted by the faculties while all international travels by staff were suspended until further notice.
It also said all incoming and outgoing exchange programmes as well as international visits of foreign partners and collaborators were suspended until further notice.
The management further enjoined anyone on campus who observe symptoms of the coronavirus such as running nose, sore throat, cough and fever to immediately call the hotlines -07030712061, 08034071635, 08023340632 as well as contact the institution’s health centre.
Meanwhile, the Ekiti State Police Command, on Sunday, said it would start immediate enforcement of the orders by the state government banning all public gatherings exceeding 20 people until further notice, over the deadly Coronavirus.
This was contained in a statement in Ado Ekiti by the command’s Public Relations Officer, Sunday Abutu.
Abutu quoted the state Police Commissioner, Asuquo Amba, as saying that this was part of measures to support government in fighting the spread of the deadly disease.
The command frowned at what it called fragrant violation of the orders issued since Friday by Governor Kayode Fayemi, warning residents to abide by the directives or get arrested and prosecuted for sabotage.
According to the statement, “henceforth, all public gatherings, be it political, social or religious, night clubs and bars that exceed 20 people are prohibited.
“Any group of persons who violates the new order shall be arrested and prosecuted.
“The commissioner of police, therefore, advised everyone to be law abiding for the benefit of all and our society, as the command will always priotise the safety of lives and property of the citizenry.”
Many residents, especially in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, ignored the ban order by government, as some churches still conducted vigils on Friday and organised services on Sunday, with crowded congregations.
Similarly, many joints and relaxation centres are still operating, with uncontrolled crowd of customers, while burials, weddings and meetings went on unabated on Saturday.
Also, visits to motor parks indicated that vehicles are still carrying more than four passengers, as against the directive of the governor, while commercial motorcycle operators were also seen carrying more than the one passenger approved by government.
The governor had, in a statewide broadcast, prohibited all manner of public gatherings, including burial, marriage, political party, religious centers, beer parlous as well as vigils beyond 20 persons, across the state.
He also ordered civil servants from grade level 12 downward to sit at home, with all public and private schools, including higher institutions, also directed to close forthwith, among other measures.
The governor also ordered that there must not be overloading of passengers in commercial vehicles, with one person allowed to sit in the front seat with the driver.
Part of the measures also was that there must not be more than 3 passengers on a row in the backseat of the commercial vehicles, while motorcyclists must not carry more than one passenger.
The Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams, has announced that the Oke’badan and Eledumare festivals have been postponed indefinitely due to the spread of coronavirus disease across the world.
Adams, the Chief Promoter of Olokun Festival Foundation (OFF), made this known in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Mr Kehinde Aderemi, in Lagos on Sunday.
The two festivals were earlier scheduled to hold between March 25 and March 31 respectively.
Adams explained that the postponement was made in line with the directives of the Federal Government and state governments in the South-West that all social gatherings be suspended.
He said: “As the Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland and Chief Promoter of Olokun Festival Foundation, (OFF), I wish to state categorically that the Oke’badan and Eledumare festivals have been postponed.
“The decision was made in line with the directives of the Federal Government and state governments that all social gatherings be suspended.
“The report of the spread of the deadly disease is growing by the day. For instance, Lagos has discovered new cases; Oyo state has also recorded a case of the coronavirus pandemic”
“We are one of the voices advocating for good health care services in the country. The news is scary and nobody is safe with the rate COVID-19 spreads like wildfire.’’
The Aare Onakakanfo restated the need for caution, saying the decision became imperative as there was need to reduce the spread of the deadly disease.
Adams said unfortunately, the hospitality business, tourism sector, sports, religion including hotels and restaurants were mostly affected by that COVID-19 pandemic.
He urged his members, both in Nigeria and in the diaspora not to panic as the COVID-19 pandemic would soon be a thing of the past.
Adams also advised Nigerians to remain calm, expressing hope that the situation would be taken care of within a short period of time.
The Aare Onakakanfo appealed to the Federal Government to be proactive in the efforts to nip the scourge in the bud.
He said: “As we continue to face the reality of the moment with the raging effect of coronavirus across the world.
“We must not panic because it is in a time like this that we need to show character and strength in ensuring that we keep our heads above the waters as soon as possible.”


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