The Abia State government has directed all Local Government Transition Chairmen in the state to ensure the total lockdown of their borders.
Governor Okezie Ikpeazu gave this directive on Friday, May 22.
Further, he stated that the government would not condone inter-state movement of any sort.
A statement issued by the Secretary to State Government/Chairman, Abia State COVID-19 Committee, Chris Ezem; asked the transition committee chairmen to liaise with the Homeland Security team; in enforcing the lockdown in their various local governments.
Also, the statement revealed that all Transition Committee chairmen must ensure strict compliance with all COVID-19 directives; particularly on markets, burials, religious activities, and transport operators.
“Transition Committee Chairmen are to set up Enforcement Teams at their various LGAs; to monitor, supervise and ensure compliance of various Covid-19 protocols,” the statement reads.
“Government will hold responsible, TC Chairmen of any local government where any of the COVID-19 directives is breached; more importantly as it concerns our borders.
“Government directs henceforth that any vehicle that violates our border directives should be impounded and taken to the nearby Local Government Council headquarters while all passengers on board the vehicles would be fined N50,000 each.
“All offenders to any directives on Covid-19 in the State are to be prosecuted at the various mobile Courts which are currently operational in the State.”
The statement also explained that public gatherings remain banned while adding that the use of face masks was compulsory.
Furthermore, the statement said the government “wishes to acknowledge the valuable support of all donors and untiring efforts of our frontline personnel and health workers in the state including but not limited to security operatives, State and Local Government Enforcement Teams and other volunteer organizations and urge Ndi Abia to continue to support and cooperate with Government in the fight of the Pandemic in Abia State.”