Toluwalope Jombo – Akure

Ondo State Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu on Monday placed a ban on daily operations of major markets in Ondo state to prevent the spread of Covid-19 pandemic.

Akeredolu gave the directive in Akure during a press briefing at the Government House.

He decried the disobedience of the social and physical distancing directive at the markets, hence the closure as from next week.

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The Governor explained that the markets would be allowed to open on Tuesdays and Thursdays only.

Akeredolu also directed that perishable goods such as tomatoes, and pepper would be allowed on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Shasha, Iloro and equivalent markets across the state.

He further reaffirmed the ban on non-food items and closure of state boundaries where some positive Covid-19 cases came in.

According to him, the driver who carries samples to test centers outside the state, and two casual workers in the wards at the Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH) contracted Covid-19.

“To further demonstrate our understanding and total commitment to support our front line workers who bear great risk.

“I have directed immediate absorption into public service of the infected casual workers at the IDH.

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“I have also approved that all health workers in state be paid 50 per cent of their consolidated basic salary as hazard allowance.

“Furthermore, all health care workers in our isolation and treatment centers are to get an additional 20 per cent as risk allowance.

“They will also get an undetermined lump sum from the Presidential Task Force,” he said.