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COVID-19: Ekiti Deputy Gov denies non-users of face mask entry into his office

By Rasaq Ibrahim, Ado-Ekiti

It was a mild drama on Tuesday as the Ekiti State Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi turned back some visitors who did not wear face masks entry from his office located within the Governor’s Office complex in Ado Ekiti, the state capital.

The Nation gathered that the police officers at the reception, on the order of Otunba Egbeyemi politely turned back some visitors after explaining to them that the enforcement had commenced.

The action was in line with the state government’s directive, which has made the use of face masks in public in Ekiti now compulsory.

A senior administration official who spoke in confidence with our correspondent said the deputy governor had ordered the full implementation of all health advisories to contain COVID-19 in his office.

“Let members of the public be put on notice that any visitor to the Office of the Deputy Governor that fails to wear a face mask will not be allowed entry, it is a rule that must be complied with,” he said.

Meanwhile, strict enforcement of the use of face masks has begun at the Ekiti State Deputy Governor’s Office as staff working in the office of the deputy governor observe the government’s directives.

Apart from this, limited number of guests from Are-Ekiti who had come to attend a peace parley presided over by Otunba Egbeyemi with the Alare of Are Ekiti, Oba Boluwade Adebiyi and his aggrieved chiefs, were allowed into the conference hall to prevent overcrowding.

The rule of physical and social distancing was carefully observed at the meeting as the political office holders, the traditional ruler and his chiefs all wore face masks in compliance with the health regulation.

According to a statement by the Special Assistant (Media) to the Deputy Governor, Odunayo Ogunmola, the meeting was attended by the Ekiti Assembly Deputy Speaker, Mr. Hakeem Jamiu; Chairman, Irepodun/Ifelodun Local Government, Mr. Shina Ogunleye; and Chairman, House of Assembly Service Commission, Chief Taiwo Olatunbosun.

Others at the meeting were former Vice Chancellor, Ekiti State University, Prof. Israel Orubuloye and former Chairman, Alimosho Local Government in Lagos State, Mr. Olusola Adekunle, who are both indigenes of Are Ekiti and stakeholders in the peace initiative to reconcile the monarch with his chiefs.

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