In a statement issued on Tuesday and signed by Secretary to the State Government, Osarodion Ogie, the state government declared that “this illegality will not stand” and advised “powerful persons not be allowed to set our State ablaze merely to satisfy their thirst for power and control.”

Amidst the spike in COVID-19 cases, the Edo State Government has appealed to the residents of the state to be cautious and observe precautionary measures aimed at flattening the curve of the pandemic.

Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Osarodion Ogie, who gave the advice in a statement issued in Benin on Saturday, reiterated the need for Edo people to, during the yuletide season, observe all precautionary measures against spread of the pandemic in order to remain safe and healthy afterwards.

The Edo SSG stressed that “It is a known fact that we have not seen the end of the COVID-19 pandemic as the entire country is already seeing an uprise in the numbers of confirmed cases of the infection.

On Friday, the country recorded the first 1000 cases in a day, with 1,145 new confirmed cases and 1 death reported in 24 states. Edo state recorded 8 new cases.”

“Today, Saturday, December 18, 2020, Nigeria recorded another 806 new confirmed cases and 11 deaths, which now leaves the country with a total of 77,013 confirmed cases and 1,212 deaths. This calls for serious concern and caution by all residents to remain safe and healthy” Ogie cautioned.

He appealed to the residents, as they go about with the Christmas and New Year celebrations “to protect yourself and others, especially the elderly who are most affected by the virus by observing physical distancing, wearing facemasks and regularly washing your hands as well as other safety precautions”.

Ogie, however, reassured that the Governor Godwin Obaseki-led administration would continue to rev up strategies and intensify efforts aimed at containing the pandemic and protecting the lives of Edo people.

The government, he added, “recognise this has been an extremely difficult year for us all, but we can’t afford to give up now. We urge residents to support the government’s efforts at containing the pandemic by complying with all guidelines as we cannot afford a reversal of the gains we have made against the pandemic.”

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