The Abia state governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu has maintained that the earlier order for the total lockdown of the state to checkmate the spread of coronavirus stands.
A release signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Barr. Chris Ezem after the meeting of Abia State Inter-Ministerial Committee on Coronavirus said people or institutions rendering essential services, such as security agencies – Police, Federal Road Safety Corps, Nigeria Security and Civil Defense, TIMAAS, Fire Services, Hospitals, pharmaceuticals, media, eateries, shops within the neighborhood, filling stations are exempted from the stay-at-home order.
The committee had met to review some measures and strategies the state has put in place to avert the spread of the deadly COVID-19.
“Accordingly, Abia State Governor Dr. Okezie Victor Ikpeazu, has approved the lockdown of the state from Wednesday April 1, 2020, for 1 week in the first instance.
“However, people or institutions rendering essential services, such as security agencies – Police, Federal Road Safety Corps, Nigeria Security and Civil Defense, TIMAAS, Fire Services, Hospitals, pharmaceuticals, media, eateries, shops within the neighborhood, filling stations are exempted.
“The Committee strongly advised citizens to stay at home, but if you must come out, you must wear face mask” the release said.
The committee reiterated that even though the State borders remain closed till further notice, vehicles carrying foods, medical and pharmaceutical items, Petroleum products and other essential items are exempted.
The committee also emphasised that social functions such as weddings, burial ceremonies are forthwith banned.
“In order to avoid overcrowding and body contact, social gatherings of all kinds; weddings, burial ceremonies, the meeting of all colourations and religious activities are suspended forthwith.
“Attention of government has been drawn on some people who deliberated flouted the earlier directive of government on public gatherings and crowd control. I wish to reiterate that Transition Committee Chairman and Traditional Rulers in their domains must enforce government directives without fail.
“On the part of the citizenry, they should always maintain the high level of hygiene by constantly washing their hands with running water and soap, wear face masks, apply alcoholic based sanitizers as well as practice social distancing of 1.5meters at all time.
“Other directives issued earlier on transportation, hospitality industry, etc are still in force.
“Finally, Abia State Government earnestly feel the pains and sacrifices every citizen must make, so that together we will win the battle against coronavirus” the release added.