… No Nose/Mouth Mask No Movement
By Agnes Nworie
In a bid to ensure the coronavirus ravaging the world did not enter the state, the Ebonyi State Government has made operational the ‘no mask no movement ‘ order.
This measure was announced by Governor David Umahi during a State-wide live media interaction recently at the Old Government House, Abakaliki and warned that anybody in the state who is caught defaulting in the strict border restrictions into the State would be subjected to at least four days quarantine and manual labour.
He further stated that the government would place a complete lockdown 200 metre radius on any local government area where a positive case is discovered.
The broadcast followed the outcome of an enlarged State Security Council meeting and review of the various measures put in place by the government and the State COVID-19 committee to prevent the entrance of Coronavirus into the State.
According to the Governor, such returnees would only qualify to reunite with their families after having fulfilled the conditions proven negative of the virus.
Governor Umahi encouraged the people to bear effects of the ban on motorcycle as it is for the general good of the state.
“We reviewed the issue of bike and the lockdown, 7pm to 7am.This review is such that the ban on motorbike is not lifted, and we have to bear the pains, and the State Government is working out plans to alleviate the suffering of those whose only source of living is the Okada.
“We are not happy about the leakages. We are still having people that are smuggling themselves in. But what we have decided now is that if you take all the risks and you come to the borders and you are from Ebonyi State, you have to be ready to be quarantined for between four to seven days at the Stadium.
“After four days, you will be tested and believing God you will be okay, and after that you will do manual work for few days because you have defied the law. So, those at home should tell their people outside to stay back because they can contact this by movement.”
Umahi directed that all political office holders and their aides should relocate to their local government areas to monitor compliance with the precautionary measures, while all Civil Servants should take advantage of the sit-at-home to embrace agriculture and engage in community service.
He reiterated his earlier warning to political office holders to be more proactive, adding that any index case discovered anywhere within the State traceable to laxities would cost them their offices.