Ogun State Government has clarified the information and process for decontamination of industry and business premises as part of the measures to curtail the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in work places in particular and community transmission of the virus in the state as a whole.
In the press statement issued by the Press Secretary to the Governor, Kunle Somorin in Abeokuta on Thursday the Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun clarified that the main objective of the Infection Prevention and Control Guidelines for Workplaces in Ogun State issued earlier in the wake of COVID-19 was to ensure safe and conducive work environments for workers in both public and private sectors in the state as a way to minimise the risk of the spread of the virus.
A key element in the guidelines was for industry and business premises to regularly decontaminate their work environment, stressing that each company or business owner was at liberty to engage any competent service provider of its choice for fumigation or decontamination, provided that the exercise would be done in accordance with the standards that would ensure the environment was free of COVID-19 and other pathogens inimical to human health and safety. The statement continued.
“As a responsible Administration, the fumigation or decontamination requirement was a public health focused initiative and never intended as a plank for revenue generation by government or a preserve of select service providers. This directive therefore clarifies and indeed supersedes any information that may have been erroneously disseminated to the public by the State Ministry of Environment. For emphasis, there are no government accredited decontamination service providers.” The Governor was quoted as saying.
The government reemphasized that the battle against the common enemy, COVID-19, could only be won if all the stakeholders played their roles, reiterating the government’s commitment of providing required leadership and guidelines with the industry placing premium on the health and safety of their workers, and individuals having the full appreciation that in the final analysis safety and health remained an individual responsibility.