By Ruth Oginyi
Ebonyi State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), on Wednesday lent its support to the closure of all the boarders in the State and called on the State Governor, Chief David Umahi to tighten the closure across the State until the pandemic ravaging the world is over.
According to the party, closing the 11 boarder entries into the State have worked very well and saved the State from contracting Covid-19.
State APC Chairman, Eze Nwachukwu Eze made this known to journalists in Abakaliki.
He however urged the Governor to relax the ban on motorcycles in the state, adding that the ban has brought untold hardship to the people and commercial riders who depend on the okada business for survival.
His words, “we want to commend the state government on the closure of the borders in Ebonyi state. This has really worked very well and we are in support of it. We encourage him to close the borders even tighter until the covid era is over.
“We want to call on the Governor to kindly consider the suffering and the plight of Ebonyians and relax the ban on motorcycles in Ebonyi state, let it be limited to the border areas.
“The reason is obvious; Ebonyi state is an agrarian state, we are all farmers and a ood number of us in Ebonyi here are poor people. Good number of Ebonyians here are poor and the only means of transportation here predominantly is the use of motorcycles.
“So, it is difficult now for people to convey their farm inputs to the farms. The implication is that if these local people who have been doing great work to farm in Ebonyi state don’t have the means of conveying both the humans and materials to the farms, we are afraid that the post Covid effect will be devastating.
“In the light of the above, whosoever may have advised him to put this total ban, we suggest he reverses this and relaxes it a little. We are not against the ban, but we are saying it should be relaxed”.
Nwachukwu also raised the alarm that APC members in the State were being excluded in the compilation of names in the State for federal government conditional cash transfer scheme and called for the immediate inclusion of the members.
He lamented that everything is politicized in the State and expressed dismay that after three weeks of Covid-19 lockdown, the Government have not shared any palliatives to residents of the State as been done.
Nwachukwu alleged that the State Government is holding the palliatives because he wants to rebrand the products to his name and picture and urged the Governor to distribute palliatives to residents of the State.