Ebonyi Is Very Poor, I won’t Totally Lockdown The State – Gov Umahi
The Governor of Ebonyi state, David Umahi has on Sunday stated that he and his government will not lockdown Ebonyi state totally since its citizens are very poor. IssuesNG reports.
NOTE: That Ebonyi state is one of the few states in Nigeria without any case of COVID-19 (coronavirus)
Gov. Umahi, who made the declaration in a statement by his Commissioner of Information, Mr Uchenna Orji on Sunday at Abakaliki, said his decision is depended on the economy of the state and it poverty index, stressing that the state has not recorded any index case.
Quoting Gov. Umahi:
“I considered the state’s poverty index as those agitating that I close all markets have to re-evaluate their suggestions.
“We have not recorded any index case of COVID-19 and therefore, there is no need to entirely shut our economic activities.”
The Governor, thanked security agencies and stakeholders who are ensuring that the lockdown is observed. He also noted that the current lockdown on the state will be lifted if Ebonyi state records no COVID-19 case before 1st may.
“The level of compliance attests to the great work of our Local Government Area chairmen, Coordinators of development centres, security agencies among other stakeholders in the battle against this virus.
“I am of the opinion that if by May 1, 2020, and there is no record of the disease in Ebonyi, we shall lift the 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. curfew but maintain total closure of the boundaries within a distance of 300 meters radius.
“We shall also be lifting the ban on motorcycles by May 1, if we do not record any case as I appeal to motorcyclists to exercise more patience as I re-evaluate the situation,” he said