The Governor of Abia State, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu has ordered the immediate closure of intercity motor parks and loading bays in the state starting from Monday.
This was confirmed in a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the State Governor, Mr. Onyebuchi Ememanka on Sunday.
Ememanka stated that the decision of the governor was to check all movements in and outside the state.
Ikpeazu warned that the opening of markets should not see the window created by the government for the people to trade, as a reason to let down their guards and pretend that the pandemic is over.
The statement read in parts, “Every individual trader and all those going to the markets to buy must at all times remember that the pandemic is still potent and active. As such, people must take responsibility for their own safety.
“Governor Okezie Ikpeazu makes it abundantly clear that the relaxed lockdown is provisional and that its sustenance will be determined by the way our people show respect to the laid down protocols.
“In the event that people begin to engage in indiscriminate disregard for the protocols, the government shall reconsider its position and reintroduce the full lockdown.
“As the new regime of a phased relaxation of the lockdown in the State commences on Monday next week, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has appealed to the people of Abia State not to let down their guards and see the relaxation of the lockdown as an opportunity to destroy all the gains we have made over the weeks in the battle against the COVID-19 Pandemic.”
“Governor Okezie Ikpeazu reminded our people that while the government has allowed Intra State movements for our people, all movements into and out of the State remain banned and challenged those manning our borders to step up their game and see their assignment as a serious one that demands the highest level of patriotism and integrity.
“The Governor ordered the Commissioner for Homeland Security and Chairman of the COVID-19 Task Force together with their team members to increase their surveillance and presence at all borders of the State.
“Governor Ikpeazu further charged all Transition Committee Chairmen of Local Government Areas which border other states as well as Traditional Rulers of border Communities to take personal responsibility in their areas of jurisdiction, making it clear that they will be held personally responsible for any lapses.
“He challenged them to ensure strict compliance with all the laid down protocols for the prevention of the spread of COVID-19.”