Residents of Ilesha (West) have commended the Governor of the State of Osun, Mr Adegboyega Oyetola, for the proactive ways he has responded to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in the State, and for the methodology adopted to ensure that citizens are protected from the scourge.
At the compulsory COVID-19 safety course for non-adherents at Ilesha West, today, citizens also lauded the manner of coordination of the programme, asking that the effort be sustained by the government to ensure that more people are enlightened on the subject matter.
Speaking after the completion of the compulsory safety course, Olaitan Busuyi, a fashion designer from Ilesa, said, “We have gained so much from this sensitization, and everything they have told us here is for our benefit. The depth that this lecture provided has further improved our awareness about the disease.”
He added that by adopting the sensitization approach, the State Government has eliminated every form of presumption that citizens are fully enlightened, emphasizing that: “a good number of people are still not enlightened enough about the dangers that COVID-19 poses”.
Busuyi called on good sons and daughters of Osun to support the cause of the government by providing safety elements for people. He aldo hinted men that some citizens were not complying because they could not afford to purchase safety elements.
Another participant, Joshua Esan, a civil servant from Ekiti State but apprehended in Ilesha for non-comoliance with COVID-19 safety protocols, expressed satisfaction with the approach of the State Government of Osun. He said: “This method is good, and profitable. The government is trying to prevent the disease from spreading across the community”.
Esan called on citizens to cooperate with the government for the benefit of saving their lives and the lives of other citizens, adding that citizens should always be patient with the government to understand the reasons for its actions and policies.
Oluwalonimi Olayinka, an artiste from Ekiti State but apprehended in Ilesha, said that the approach was an evidence that the current administration in the State of Osun loves its people.
Olayinka also said that the safety course is not a punishment, but practical education, adding that: “I don’t think there is a better way around enforcing safety guidelines like enlightenment”. He also advised citizens to be careful and obey the government.
Another non-adherent and participant in the safety course, Adeyemi Femi, a farmer from Ilesh had this to say, “I was initially displeased with the idea because I thought I was being arrested, but on getting here, I realised that the government has done the right thing. The lecture is rich and informative.
“The use of nose mask is very important, not only for the present, but to safeguard our future so that we don’t spend our later years in discomfort because one is no sure of the scars that will be left behind even if we survive the infection”.
Other participants in the compulsory safety course, across different vocations and occupation, appreciated the State Government, acknowledge that the approach adopted has provided the impetus to thank Governor Oyetola for the regard he has shown for the lives of the people of Osun.