Traditional leaders in Ose Local Government of Ondo state have commended Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN on the precautionary measures taken so far to contain the spread of coronavirus otherwise known as COVID 19 in the state.
They gave the commendation following the 2-day visitation of the Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Dotun Owanikin Esq. to their respective communities of Ekamarun and Ireakari districts, in order to sensitise them on the pandemic and government instructions.
The traditional leaders who praised the Governor for his proactive stance to prevent the spread of the pandemic even though no confirmed case has been recorded, included the Onifon of Ifon, Oba Israel Adeusi JP, Olumoru of Imoru, Oba Rotimi Obamuagun, Ojima of Okeluse, Oba Oloyede Akirare II, Olute of Ute, Oba Adetunji Akinnogbe and Alafo of Afo, Oba Adegoke Egunjobi.
Others are Onidogun of Idogun, Oba Moses Ekundayo Bakare, Idoani Council of Chiefs as well as Ikaaro Council of Chiefs..
The Commissioner, accompanied by the Caretaker Chairman of Ose Local Government, Dr Anthony Modupe explained that the instructions of the government which are precautionary measures included, closure of schools, advice on regular hands washing, ban on religious, political and social gatherings, stay at home order as social distancing is a proven way of preventing the spread of the pandemic all over the world.
Mr Owanikin who sought the cooperation of the traditional leaders to help sensitise their communities and effect the government order stressed that the measures were taken in the best interest of the state and its people and emphasised that the Governor would be interested in their feedback.
The traditional leaders who in their separate responses promised their continual support to help the government prevent the spread of the pandemic however wanted it to look into the various needs of the people and their communities at that time.
While some called for the restriction of movement from cities especially with recorded cases, others equally enjoined the government to give out palliatives to help cushion the effect that the stay at home order may have on the poor people.
Ministry of Youth and Sports Development.
30th March, 2020.