In a bid to curtail the spread of the dreaded coronavirus in the state by ensuring that citizens observe the social distancing practice, among other measures, Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi has directed that all markets in the state that do not sell essential commodities such as foodstuff, medicine, medical equipment and water be closed down from 5.00 pm on Thursday, March 26th, 2020.
The governor’s directive was contained in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Yinka Oyebode, in Ado-Ekiti, on Wednesday.
The statement directs all medicine stores that are open to the public to make sure they do not sell or display any other items whatsoever, while those selling food stuffs should not display or sell anything outside food stuffs.
Similarly, the governor appealed to commercial drivers and the leadership of NURTW and RTEAN in the state to reduce the outrageous fares being charged commuters, especially for students who have been returning home in their numbers following the closure of schools in the state.
He urged pharmacy stores not to hike the prices of essential drugs.
Fayemi also reminded members of the public of the ban on gatherings that are above 20 persons either for social, communal or religious purposes, adding that a monitoring and enforcement taskforce has been dispatched across the state.
The governor urged all residents in the state to join hands with the government and its agencies in the collective war against the coronavirus.