Mr Femi Adeoye, a native of Ekiti State, whose son had defied his directive not to leave Lagos State for Ekiti amidst the lockdown and ban on interstate travels, has been appointed by the State governor, Kayode Fayemi, as a COVID-19 Response Ambassador.
According to a statement released on the governor’s Twitter handle, Fayemi said, “Today, I appointed Mr. Adeoye, father of the young man who sneaked into Ekiti state, as a COVID-19 Response Ambassador. I am proud of Mr Adeoye as a principled Ekiti man and I salute his courage in helping keep Ekiti safe.
“Mr. Adeoye will help to propagate the message as a member of the COVID-19 Task Force @Ekiti_COVID19 in the State.”
A retired officer of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr Adeoye had in a viral video denied his son entry into his house and handed him over to security personnel in the state.
Noting that he had told his son not to leave Lagos for Ekiti, he disclosed in the video that the son should be kept in isolation centre for 14 days like every other person who has journeyed from states that have been hit by the COVID-19 pandemic so that it won’t boomerang. Lagos state has recorded the highest cases of coronavirus in Nigeria.
Meanwhile, in a letter of commendation for exemplary conduct, the state governor saluted Mr Adeoye’s principled stand and show of valour in the ongoing fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
The letter read, “I am pleased to let you know that the State is very proud of your conduct which elevated the collective wellbeing of the State above your undeniable love for your dear son.
“You represent the kind of self-discipline, selflessness and sense of collective responsibility that our State and nation need desperately today to progress.
“Indeed, the State will, in future recognize your valour as an example of the rebirth of Ekiti Values Orientation which is the central focus of this administration,” it added.