The Oyo State Government on Wednesday said it might make the use of masks compulsory as part of measures to check the spread of COVID-19.
The state Governor, Seyi Makinde, who disclosed this in a telephone interview on Fresh 105.9FM, Ibadan, however, ruled out total lockdown of the state.
Explaining that total lockdown might plunge a section of the public into a crisis of survival, the governor said the option was at the bottom of the list by his administration.
The governor, who stressed the need for a logical approach to the issue, said, “Everything that can be done to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Oyo State is on the table. We will continue to assess the situation and take additional measures where necessary.
“I have been watching CNN and the most successful place right now in containing this is the Czech Republic. And, one of the things they brought out is that they made a law that if you must leave your house, you must wear a mask. It may be the route for us to go.
“I have asked them (Oyo officials) to start evaluating that. If we must make that law and say everybody that must go out must wear a mask; then, how about those who cannot afford it. Can we make masks locally? Can we get our artisans and our tailors to commit to that with the government supporting? So, those are the type of solutions we are looking for.”