The Governor of Ogun state, Dapo Abiodun has shifted the lockdown order announced on Sunday by President Muhammadu Buhari to Friday, saying his state needs more time to prepare.
Governor Abiodun disclosed this while unveiling three isolation centres established in Sagamu, Ikenne and Abeokuta areas of the state.
According to him, he had asked for permission from the Presidency to push the lockdown order till Friday, April 3, in order to afford the state government time to provide relief packages for its people.
The total lockdown of the state will be effective from 11 p.m. on Friday, 3rd April 2020, to enable the state to finalise the mechanisms for the distribution of relief materials and food items ahead of the total lockdown, the governor said.
“Our Government is conscious of the implications and discomfort associated with these measures. Nonetheless, we are constrained to do this because the available options are limited. Not taking these measures would have dire consequences.”
The Governor, however, stated that the interstate and international border closure as ordered by the president had been on full effect since 11 pm on Monday.
President Buhari had on Sunday ordered a complete lockdown in Lagos, the Federal Capital Territory(FCT) and Ogun State, as part of measures to curb the spread of coronavirus in the country.