COVID-19: Egbabor enforces social distancing in Isoko North
By Nosa Akenzua, Asaba
The Chairman, Isoko North Local Government Council, Hon Emmanuel Egbabor says the council has commenced sensitisation campaign and enforcement of social distancing across the area.
The chairman disclosed this in Ozoro while briefing journalists on the outcome of the stakeholders meetings between the council, security agencies and National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in the area.
He said that the local government was concerned about the health of Isoko North people and therefore it had become imperative that the council enforced the directives of the state government on preventive measures against the COVID-19 pandemic.
“As part of the resolve of the council to support Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s efforts at preventing the spread of the Coronavirus in the state, we have commenced sensitization of our people in all communities, schools, motor parks, markets, churches and along streets among other places. Our health workers have started going round for days to all communities in Isoko North to educate our people.
“We have held meetings with security agencies as well as National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) on the effectiveness of the measures being taken so far.
“We have asked our traditional rulers, President-Generals, religious leaders, market leaders, security agencies as well as National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) to ensure that the social distancing is followed strictly and no gathering of not more that 20 is obeyed.
“We resolved that we must henceforth practice social distancing as much as possible in the local government to prevent the spread of the dreaded virus in our area.
“We also agreed that they must go back to their various communities and kingdoms to enlighten the people on the need to keep personal hygiene such as regular hand washing and use of sanitisers.
“I have directed that there must be strict compliance and enforcement of the ban on public gatherings including burials, marriages, town hall meetings, conferences and even church and jumat services.
“We have also directed the NURTW to ensure that transporters comply with the instructions of not carrying above the limits as prescribed. The state government has directed that not more than 50 worshippers in a large space at a time are allowed in a particular service and the security agencies have been directed to enforce it to the letter.
“As a council we have also put a stop to the biometric exercise in the local government council as directed by the governor. All these measures are aimed at preventing the spread of the virus and I urge the people of Isoko North to comply in the best interest of our state,” Egbabor stated.