By Otu Obiahu
Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State on Easter Sunday, April 12, ordered the immediate suspension of all the Development Centre Coordinators who have failed to protect the borders and entry points in their various locations.
Governor Umahi, who on Saturday, April 11, banned the operation of commercial motorcyclists, popularly known as Okada, for the same reason of crossing through the borders and entry points in the state and snuggling people from the neighboring states into Ebonyi, however, blamed the porousness of the boundaries on the carelessness of the Development Centre Coordinators.
The governor also announced the dissolution of the Sub-Committee on Religious Worshippers in the state, with the exception of the Chairman of the Sub-Committee, Rev.Fr. Abraham Nwali, who also doubles as the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the Governor on Religious Matters, as well as the Chairman, Christian Association Of Nigeria (CAN), Ebonyi State chapter.
According to Governor Umahi, the Sub-Committee on Religious Worshippers was dissolved because of the inability of the group to ensure the enforcement of the COVID-19- precautionary measures amongst the churches this Easter Sunday,12th April 2020, as earlier directed by the state government.
The governor made the directives in a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information and State Orientation and Ag Commissioner Human Capital Development and Monitoring, Barr. Orji Uchenna Orji.
Meanwhile, the governor has instructed the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) to compile the details of the borders and all the 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 have failed to enforce the regulations and precautionary measures, for appropriate sanctions to be meted to the affected public office holders.
The Statement Read:
“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- Cttee 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 FNSE FNATE has directed the suspension of all Development Centre Coordinators of the affected locations and the immediate dissolution of the Sub- Committee on Religious Worshipers with exception of it’s 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 untill the battle against Coronavirus pandemic is won.
Hon. Barr. Orji Uchenna Orji (Commissioner for Information and State Orientation and Ag Commissioner Human Capital Development and Monitoring)”.