The required usage of face mask by locals of Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital on Monday, took off amongst persons going to public places, banks, supermarkets, markets.
DAILY POST found out that the new order engaging the required use of masks is part of the state government’s care after the boost in the rate of COVID 19 in the state.
Lots of residents including kids were seen wearing face masks while on the street and in commercial transports.
DAILY POST visited some parts of the state capital and saw some members of the state COVID-19 job force and security companies keeping track of and implementing the state federal government’s order.
Some locals who spoke to DAILY POST declared that some members of the state Task Force and policemen have resorted to obtaining amounts of cash ranging from N1,000 to N2,000 from those apprehended without the use of face masks.
One Timi, a security personnel connected to the Bayelsa Council of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), was collared few meters from his duty post by police workers attached to Ekeki Divisional Police headquarters and forced to pay N1, 000 to protect his flexibility.
One participant, identified as Preye, alleged that some members of the Job Force were allegedly arresting innocent people in front of their homes and on their streets for not wearing face masks and illegally extorting money from them.
Nevertheless, the secretary of the State Job Force, Comrade Akpor in response to the allegation called the members of the job force to exercise caution throughout monitoring and enforcement.
On the other hand, the leaders of roadway transport unions have actually all stated assistance for the State Government’s regulation on the mandatory usage of face masks in public places.
Speaking at an interactive meeting in Government Home, Yenagoa, representatives of the significant transportation unions including the National Union of Roadway Transport Workers (NURTW), assured the government of their readiness to make sure that their members and passengers abide by the instruction.
The State Chairman of NURTW, Eminah Dinyorinyu described the fight against COVID-19 as more harmful than physical guerrilla warfare as it has the capacity to operate as a hidden opponent to attack and mow down its victims.
He said the federal government’s enforcement of the instruction on the obligatory usage of facemask would validate the sensitization campaigns previously performed by the numerous unions.
Also speaking, the Chairman, Tricycle Owners Association of Nigeria and Vice Chairman of Road Transportation Employment Association of Nigeria, Bayelsa Chapter, Pal Dorgu Jeremiah, advised their members and the general public to match the state federal government’s efforts towards flattening the coronavirus curve in the state.
Addressing the unionists, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Transport, Designer Ere Efeke highlighted the consequences of not abiding by the directive, stressing that the federal government was prepared to deal decisively with motorists and tricycle operators who flout the order.
In their separate remarks, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr Inodu Apoku and his Ministry of Details equivalent, Chief Freston Akpor, informed the transporters on the value of utilizing facemasks and told them to share the understanding acquired with their members.
Previously in his remarks, Guv Douye Diri who was represented by his Deputy, Senator Lawrence Ewhrujakpo, emphasized that his administration would not leave any stone unturned in its quote to secure the lives of individuals.
He recognized access to pertinent info and taking preventative measures as the most reliable preventive methods of curbing the spread of the COVID-19 scourge, which had actually already claimed 16 resides in the state since Tuesday this week.