Barrister Orji Uchenna Orji
Barrister Orji Uchenna Orji

…Security agencies to arrest anyone seen outside with uncovered nose, mouth

Ebonyi state government has issued a release inviting all tailors in the state for the massive production of face masks.

The tailors are to meet the speaker of Ebonyi State House of Assembly; Rt. Honourable Francis Ogbonnia Nwifuru, for immediate production of the item.

In a release signed by the Commissioner for Information and State Orientation and acting Commissioner for Human Capital Development and Monitoring, Barrister Orji Uchenna Orji, he said the directive was part of government’s measures to protect her citizens from the deadly scourge.

Orji hinted that the governor, Engr. David Umahi, has also directed that with effect from April 4, 2020 anybody seen outside his/her house must wear face mask, adding that handkerchief, headtie or pre-made medical mask could also serve the purpose of face mask.

“Security agencies, all sub-committees on COVID-19, Chairmen of Local Government Areas, Coordinators and indeed all Government officials are hereby directed to arrest anyone seen outside his/her home anywhere in Ebonyi State without wearing face mask” he stated.

The commissioner maintained that the state government, “still requests for information on anyone that is showing symptoms of high body temperature (fever), dry cough, and difficulty in breathing and returnees from the infested countries and or States of Nigeria. It is to be noted that older people and people with other medical conditions (such as Asthma, diabetes, or heart diseases) may be more vulnerable to Coronavirus”.

He reiterated that the ban on social and Religious gatherings is still in force and anyone that defies these regulations shall be arrested and premises acquired by government.

Orji emphasized the importance of hand sanitizers, washing of hands and steaming twice a day, including frequent intake of hot liquids in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

“Government is working hard to compile the names of all those that will be needing palliatives from the state and those that will benefit from the Federal Government Conditional Cash Transfer and this will be made known to the public as soon as we are ready.

“We are in contact with our brothers and sisters who came from outside especially areas infested with COVID-19 both within and outside Nigeria and we are monitoring their health conditions on daily basis.

“We direct all the tailors in Ebonyi state to meet the speaker of Ebonyi State House of Assembly; Rt. Honourable Francis Ogbonnia Nwifuru for immediate production of Face Masks.

“We shall be briefing Ebonyi people from time to time on developments in our battle to rid the state of the deadly Coronavirus.

Below are Ebonyi COVID-19 information hotlines
*MTN: 07045910340,*

*GLO: 08159279460,*

*AIRTEL: 07085763054*

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