Oyo State Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde, has embarked on an inspection tour to the State’s borders with neighbouring States, declaring that the State Government will make Security Officers manning the border points comfortable.
The Governor also stated that the State will ensure strict compliance with the inter-State lockdown order agreed upon by Governors of the South-West States to contain the spread of the novel Coronavirus.
The Governor, in a statement issued in Ibadan by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Taiwo Adisa, on Thursday, April 30, 2020, said though compliance with the order has not been 100 per cent, the Security Officers monitoring compliance had been doing their best.
The Governor, who stated this shortly after inspecting the State Borders with Ogun in Bakatari and Dalley towns, among others, said the compliance in some Borders inspected were 100 per cent, while that is yet to be accomplished in some others.
He added further that: “There is no place for them to stay and it is threatening to rain now. Vagaries of weather have been affecting them and we also have to do some certain things to make them comfortable so that they can do their work.
The State Governor noted that apart from the express road coming from Lagos to Ibadan or from Ibadan going to Ile-Ife, where there is often a lot of traffic and challenges, things are a little bit decent at the other minor Border posts.
When asked on what punishment the State would mete out to violators of the inter-State lockdown order, Governor Makinde explained that the approach would have to be holistic and that there will be discussion with his colleagues in the neighbouring States on the measures to sanction violators.
He explained that: “We had said that each Governor should take charge of the inter-State Motor Parks in his area because once these are locked down, we will see a lot of reduction in people trying to move out.”