Covid-19: Gov. Makinde, We are over 200 a shift, Company Worker Cries Out

Some residents of Ibadan have called on Oyo State Government to look into the operations of a popular transnational company located in Oluyole, Area of Ibadan to prevent the spread of deadly Covid-19 in the state. 

The residents in an interview said the number of workers in the establishment was too many, noting that social distancing would not be possible in such organisation. 

They called on Oyo State Government to be proactive in taking appropriate and prompt decisions to check the spread of the virus in the state. 

A casual worker in the establishment, who speculated that over all staffers of the company would be around eleven thousand, affirmed that each shift had over 200 workers at a time. 

“We are over 200 in my shift and that is how every other shifts are.

Although they check our temperature and  provide sanitizers for us, the foreigners protect themselves with gloves and face masks and they don’t want to have direct contact with us” he said

The source, who craved anonymity, said when one of the workers advised them on a mode of operation which encouraged social distancing, the management declined. 

“The guy told them in Admin Department that the biometric login-in method should be suspended for the manual, pending the time the scourge would be over, but they didn’t listen ” The source added.

The source appealed to Oyo state government to come to their aid in order not to make them fall victims of the deadly coronavirus. 

When contacted on the telephone, a personnel manager who said he was not in the position to speak for the company however explained that all measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19 had been put in place. 

He added that the company fumigated the premises to ensure workers safety. 

When contacted, Oyo State Commissioner for Information and Culture Wasiu Olatunbosun gave an assurance that the state government would look into the situation. 

Oyo State Government had earlier directed civil and public servants in the employment of the state, local governments and Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) to stay off work for two weeks.

This followed closing down of public and private schools in the state. 

The government had as well banned every gathering of over thirty people. 

Meanwhile, three cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in the state. 

Adedayo Adelowo

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