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Fayemi Summons Transport Unions Over Inter-state Travel-Ban

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Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti summoned the road transport unions in the state for support in enforcing the ban on inter-state travels as one of the effective measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Fayemi, represented by his Chief of Staff, Biodun Omoleye, at a meeting between the members of the Ekiti State COVID-19 Task Force and leadership of the various transport unions in the state, on Wednesday, discussed the government concern at the frequent violations of the ban on inter-state travels.

In attendance at the conference were the leadership of NURTW, RTEAN, NACT, OKADA, and Tricycle Riders Association, the Coordinator of the State Task Force on COVID-19, Prof. Bolaji Aluko, Secretary to the State Government, Mr Biodun Oyebanji, Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Wale Fapounda and Special Adviser, Communications and Strategy, Mrs Sola Salako.

He warned that the government would no longer take kindly with anyone who sabotages government orders.

The governor said it was imperative to summon the unions, in view of the latest confirmed positive case, involving the wife of a military officer, who succeeded in travelling in spite of the supposed lockdown, from Katsina State to Ekiti State.

Speaking on behalf of the transport unions, the state Chairman of Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN), Mr Rotimi Olanbiwonnu, made the commitment of cooperation and support for the government in spreading of the coronavirus pandemic, by sabotaging illegal routes travel, following the Governor’s order.

Having the knowledge of all illegal routes being used to access the state by some drivers, we will ensure they are shut down by security agencies, he said.

Reported by: Fatimah Oyesanmi

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