Traders and artisans in Osun State have called on Governor Gboyega Oyetola to consider total relaxation of lockdown of the state in order for businesses to return to normal.
They made this demand on Wednesday as the Governor Oyetola in his last address to residents of the state granted four working days for residents to go on with their businesses from Monday to Thursday within 6am to 5pm but ordered total lockdown from Friday to Sunday to curtail the spread of Coronavirus pandemic.
While speaking with our correspondent , the chairman of New Orisunmibare Market Osogbo, Dr. Adeboye Isaac urged Governor Oyetola to allow traders and artisans of the state to run their business actively through out the week and maintain curfew status by 5pm to 6am.
Dr. Isaac further explained that if the government could allow residents to use the lockdown three days for business activities it would boost economy of the state.
In his words “I go inline with popular demand of the people that government should allow traders and artisans to engage in regular activities for all working days including weekends.”
Adding that ” People should be allowed to go out on Sundays while maintaining social distancing, I am not saying congregation should be allowed.
“We will continue to adhere to recommendations of the NCDC by making use of face mask, sernitizer and maintain social distancing with our customers here in Orisunbare New Market” he stressed.
He commended Governor Oyetola for taking proactive measures to curb spread of the deadly disease, admonished the state COVID-19 committee setup by the government to continue their sensitisation for residents of the state in good spirit.
He also charged security personnel to remain virtue in their duty by stopping influx of people into the state, saying rumours are going round on how people sneak into the state through the borders.
In another vein, the Chairman of Ajegunle Trade Men and Artisans Association, Alhaji Azeez Kamorudeen lamented that the Coronavirus has negative effected their business, urging Oyetola to easy remaining three days lockdown to have their businesses
He appealed to residents of the state to cooperate with government in order to achieve a Coronavirus free society.
He said “As the chairman of the association, I have introduced taskforce for the 15 zones in the market to checkmate on how members follow laid orders to contain coronavirus.”
He also appeal to customers to bear with the high prices of the market saying importation is difficult for them to make now due to the pandemic.
Another road side bread seller, Abike Ayoola called on the government to show mercy on people who live on daily income for survival.
She said life has not been the same for her and her family since the first lockdown as they struggle to eat.
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