Edo Progressive Indigenes Association (EPIA) has urged the government of Edo State to ban all public gatherings across the sate, till further notice.
The pan-Edo organisation gave this charge while reacting to the rising wave of Coronavirus in the world, warning that, with the number of Edo indigenes living in the most affected countries in Europe, it was only a matter of time before the state is overwhelmed by the disease, if adequate measures are not put in place to curb its spread.
Dr Bishop Omogiade Enoyiogiere Edokpolo, President of EPIA spoke on behalf of the group.
The motivational speaker argued that every moment is precious, as he is sure that more cases of positive patients will be detected, unless all public gatherings are banned.
The statement read in part:
“The time for Edo State Government to isolate it’s citizens is now before it’s too late. It’s very important for us all to pressurize the state government to call on emergency lockdown for 14 days and all public gathering in the state in order to have a first class control over this disease.
“Do not be surprised to know that the said person infected must have had contacts with lots of people in the community already, as we all know that family members usually visit their people who just got back from abroad, and tend to hang around them as long as possible.
“Our governor should ban burial ceremonies, church gatherings, parties, weddings, conferences and every form of public gatherings.
“Therefore, Edo State Government led by Godwin Obaseki must as a matter of urgency swing into action to track all the family members and quarantine them quickly, because from research, Edo appears to be top list on the most vulnerable states in Nigeria as a good number of its indigenes are domiciled in the most affected countries of Europe – Italy, Spain, United Kingdom and Germany.
“Let’s not play politics with Corona virus if we wish to survive
“Please shut down Edo Now or be ready to accept the responsibilities and consequences”.