The Edo State government says it has commenced state wide fumigation of environment as part of measures to halt further spread of Coronavirus in the state.
Addressing newsmen on Thursday, March 26, in Benin City, Deputy Governor of the state, Philip Shaibu, said fumigation is one of the measures adopted by the state government to halt further spread of the virus.
“The state government has commenced fumigation of the state environment to protect the people against the virus. All the streets in Benin would be fumigated and this is done simoutaineously across the 18 local governments of the state,” he said.
On transportation, he said they have had a meeting with the National Union of Road Transport Worker and Road Transport Association of Nigeria and agreed that there would be no over loading of passengers in the state.
“The approved passengers for buses is one person at the front and two in other rolls. The taxi is to carry one person in front and two at the back,” he said.
On the inter- state transport, Shaibu said operators are mandated to ensure that the manifest of travelers are made available on request by the state government for contract tracing.
On the lockdown, Shaibu noted that there is partial compliance to the lockdown directive of the state government, warning that as from March 27, security agents will be used to enforce compliance and that only those on essential duties would not be affected.
He said using security agents to enforce the directive became necessary in oder to protect the people against the virus.
” The earlier directive on closure of markets and shops is still in force and only those selling food items and medicines and other essential things would be allowed to open.”
He noted Europe returnees are now using hotels in the state as isolation centres without adhering to all safety precautions.
“For any body coming to self- Isolate in your hotel facility, hoteliers are to take the necessary precautions and daily temperature checks of their clients. They are to obtain travel history of their clients among others.”