The Ondo State Executive Council has resolved that the closure of markets, shops, business premises and restriction on commercial activities should not take place in any part of the state without the prior approval of the governor.
At its first meeting for the year, the Executive Council also outlawed mining without following the procedures of the Ministry of energy, mines and mineral resources.
Council equally directed that no approval shall henceforth be given for establishment of any filling station in the state until inventory of all existing filling stations has been completed.
Orange FM’s, Olumide Adeluwoye reports that in order to curtail the spread of COVID-19, the council directed that all super markets must ensure that their customers put on face mask properly while the state compliance task force has been ordered to act.
The Governor’s Special Adviser on Health Matters, Professor Francis Faduyile said the state has recorded 343 active cases of COVID 19 due to the new wave ravaging the world saying the increase came as a result of the public not following the laid down guidelines to reduce spread.
He said there is low fatality from the disease but in the last one week a death was recorded in Okitipupa and contact tracing is presently on to ensure that spread is controlled in the state.
He assured that government is putting all machinery in place to fight the virus and urged members of the public to take their vaccines and booster jab.
On the issue of Lassa fever, Professor Faduyile said in the last one week the state has recorded 32 cases with two deaths saying it is very important for the public to treat themselves early enough when they have symptoms of fever.
On curbing illegal mining in the state, Commissioner for Energy, Mines and Mineral Resources, Mr. Rasaq Obe said the council frowned at the spate of illegal mining around the state most especially at Igbara Oke/ Owena axis which has led to the destruction of cash crops and farm lands.
While urging residents to report every illegal activity in their domains to appropriate authorities he said the council welcomed legitimate business owners and miners provided that they adhere strictly to all the procedures and respect other people’s businesses, farm lands and cash crops.
Commisioner for physical planning and urban development, Mr. Fatai Olotu said the council has directed the ministry to undertake within three weeks the inventory of all filling stations across the state and also undertake approval of buildings in Akure metropolis.
Attorney General and Commisioner for Justice, Sir Charles Titiloye said the council observed the increased imposition of restriction on commercial activities in the state without following due processes of law saying most times the shops or sales outlets are closed by traditional rulers.
In order to stop the abnormalities, the council made a resolution to establish a procedure for modalities for closure of markets, business premises and restriction on commercial activities in the state.
The Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr Donald Ojogo said the council has approved the appointment of a new traditional ruler into the Okribiti stool which has been vacant for three decades of Sabome in Ese Odo Local Government Area.