Coronavirus: Ogun State Closes All Its Borders With Neighbouring States And Republic Of Benin

Coronavirus: Ogun State Closes All Its Borders With Neighbouring States And Republic Of Benin 1

The Ogun State Government has announced the closure of its borders with neighbouring states and the Republic of Benin.

Enforcement of the border closure order given by Governor Dapo Abiodun will be effected by 12 midnight on Sunday, March 29.

In a statement released by Abiodun’s Chief Press Secretary Kunle
Somorin, the Governor stated that the state is constrained to close its
order in order to stem and flatten the curve of the spread of the
dreaded coronavirus

It reads in part; 

“The position of Ogun State is peculiar. It not only shares an
international border with the Republic of Benin, it does so with all
other states in the South West (except Ekiti), including Lagos State,
which has understandably recorded the highest number of infections in
the country, largely because it hosts the busiest air and sea ports and
it’s the nation’s economic capital.

“The border closure will not only be beneficial to Ogun State but the
national efforts to curtail and contain the virus. Lessons from other
climes strongly indicate that closure of borders has the potential to
drastically flatten the curve of spread whilst unrestricted movement
portends grave dangers. 

“The only exceptions to the interstate restrictions are vehicles
conveying personnel involved in essential services such as security
agencies, health workers, food and medical items and petroleum
products.”

Residents of the state were urged to work with security operatives in
the state to curb the spread of coronavirus in the state and West
Africa in general. 

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