As parts of effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus pandemic among market men and women across the state, an aspirant for the vacant Iyaloja-general of Oyo State, Princess Azizat Folasade Abeo has started donation of nose masks, sanitizers and food items to major markets in the state.
The exercise which started on Monday saw Abeo, who hails from Oyo, where the position has been zoned to, visiting major markets which included Bodija, Oje, Bere, Ayeye and others across the state capital.
Only yesterday, she visited Akesan, Owode and other notable markets in Oyo, her hometown.
Speaking with journalists after exercise, the graduate of mass communication from The Polytechnic, Ibadan, said the pandemic has really affected her colleagues, adding that they needed to be helped.
“What I am doing today is just my own little way of showing love to my colleagues. The coronavirus pandemic has really affected their businesses. No matter the amount of what we give out as palliative to them, it would never be enough. We just must do it.
“Apart from the food items, we have brought nose masks and sanitizers. And you would see that I took time to tutor them on how to go about it, to prevent themselves from the spread of coronavirus. We have to do this for them to be more aware.”
She also thanked Governor Seyi Makinde for what she described as his uncommon wisdom in steering the affairs of the state, especially in addressing coronavirus.
“Our governor has done well in addressing the coronavirus pandemic. He has a foresight. He knows, just like others, that we cannot continue to lockdown the state. He knows that by doing so, the people will be badly affected as the economy will go down. Ours is a flexible economy. And you would see that all the steps he has taken have been of great help to us. He is now being copied by his colleague-governors,” she added.
Saying that Nigeria and Nigerians would have to manage the pandemic as it won’t leave anytime soon, she said: “I will only urge our people to continue to protect themselves by following the guidelines on COVID-19. They should also eat healthy so as to boost their immunity. By doing so, we will gradually tackle the pandemic.”