Border leakage: Umahi suspends COVID-19 c’ttee, coordinators

Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi state, Monday suspended some coordinators of development centres  over their inability to properly guard the border areas within their jurisdiction.

He also dissolved the COVID-19 sub-committee on religious worshippers for failure to enforce precautionary measures on Easter Sunday in the various churches.

Governor Umahi had on Thursday last week partially lifted the ban on religious activities on Sunday but with a clause that all in attendance must be on masks or its equivalent, and that all the rules governing COVID-19 precautionary measures must be put in place.

But in a statement released by the state Commissioner for Information and State Orientation, Barr Uchenna Orji, it was revealed that the sub-committee members failed in their duties, which made many worshipers not to be conscious of the law.

While the governor dissolved the team, he exonerated the chairman of the committee, Rev. Father Abraham Nwali, but did not mention the development centers where the coordinators were suspended.

The statement reads, “Following the failure of some Development Centre Coordinators to effectively guard the borders and entry points in their domains and the inability of the State Anti-Coronavirus Sub- Committee on Religious Worshipers to ensure the enforcement of the COVID-19- precautionary measures amongst  the churches this Sunday,12th April 2020, the Governor of Ebonyi state, His Excellency Engr. Chief David Nweze Umahi has directed the  immediate suspension of all the Development Centre Coordinators of the affected locations and the  immediate dissolution of the Sub- Committee on Religious Worshipers with exception of its chairmam, Very Rev Fr Dr Abraham C. Nwali, who  might be in the church  at the time of  the Sunday service. 

“In compliance, therefore, the Secretary to the State Government and Coordinating Commissioner is compiling the details of the borders or entry points reported  as having enforcement leakages,  including the affected local government  areas, the Development Centres, the wards  and other areas where  the state sub- committees are not enforcing the regulations and precautionary Measures, for appropriate sanctions to be meted to the affected public office holders in line with the directive of His Excellency the governor.

“Members of the public are enjoined to call the anti-coronavirus Situation Room or any member of the anti-coronavirus Central Committee to give genuine  information to government on any border or service centre or institution where the regulations and the precautionary measures are not being complied with.

“No retreat, no surrender until the battle against coronavirus pandemic is won.” it read.

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