Covid 19: Ondo govt bars church services, political rallies, parties, urges civil servants to stay home

By Pelumi Adegun, Akure

In furtherance to its earlier preventive measures against Corona Virus, the government of Ondo state has placed an embargo on church services for two weeks.

This decision was reached by the Ondo Executive Council at its meeting on Monday, 23rd March, 2020 where cabinet members deliberated extensively on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Apart from church activities, the government also placed total ban on all Political and Social gatherings in the State for 14 days in the first instance.

Gatherings at clubs, beer parlours and joints are prohibited until further notice, a statement signed by the state information commissioner, Donald Ojogo, at the end of the meeting read.

Also, all Civil Servants from Grade Levels 01-12, except those on essential duties as may be determined by their respective Accounting Officers and Chief Executives, are hereby advised to stay at home for now.

The statement reads in parts: “In the meantime, the Government wishes to encourage the PDP in Ondo State to consider postponing its State Congress scheduled for Tuesday, 24th March, 2020 and take a cue from the Governor of Oyo State, His Excellency, Seyi Makinde who by public apology, agreed that the party did not exercise discretion by organising a political rally in Ibadan.

“Government, as well as all persons of goodwill in Ondo State, no doubt, heaved a sigh of relief when a few days ago, our collective anxiety became calm only after the result conducted on a suspected COVID-19 case turned out negative.

“As a responsive Government with a strong resolve to stem the influx of an undeterminable number of persons in their hundreds into the State especially from unverifiable areas, the State Government has already directed the Commissioner of Police and heads of other security agencies to enforce all regulations in respect of crowd control as spelt out by the Government”