Ikpeazu, Abia Governor
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…to sanction agencies, banks, organisations not upholding protocols


The Abia State Government has expressed worries at the continued rise in the confirmed cases of COVID-19 and has continued to review measures already put in place to check the incidents of the new surge in the state particularly with the massive influx of people into the State for the Yuletide celebration.

To this end a statement from the Secretary to the State Government, Barr. Chris Ezem, revealed that the Government would continue to evolve ways to protect Abians, and their environment with a view to preventing further community transmission.

According to the statement, the Government has resolved as follows: “1. That all Abians should make themselves available for COVID-19 test.

“We wish to inform Abians that Government has set up Sample Collection Centres at the various Local Government Areas including Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH), Aba and Molecular Testing Laboratory at Amachara. All sample collections and tests are free of any charge.

“2. As part of the measures to mitigate the effect of the pandemic in the State, all Abians are required to compulsorily wear their face masks at all times.

“Going forward, all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), Public Offices, Eateries, Hospitals and Banks are hereby directed to paste on all their entrances “No Face Mask, No Entry” notice/inscription. This is compulsory and failure to do so will attract sanction.

“In addition, such MDAs and public offices and places are required as a matter of necessity to provide all Covid-19 Protocols particularly running water and hand sanitizers within their offices.

“3. Government also directs all Local Government Chairmen, Traditional Institutions, Leadership of various Market Unions and Religious bodies, including the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) etc to embark on Advocacy/Sensitisation Exercise on Covid-19, and religious worship must be in line with laid down COVID-19 protocols.

“4. The State work force will still operate with Grade Level 12 and above and those on essential services will continue to work Mondays through Fridays.

“5. It is absolutely expedient that all Abians must take advantage of the ongoing community testing to ascertain their COVID-19 status.

“6. Our Isolation Centres are in operation and all our Medical Protocol Team are in place.

“7. The State COVID-19 Enforcement Team will immediately begin routine visit to public places to ensure compliance.

“8. Government directs all and sundry to observe the protocol of social distancing, hand washing, use of sanitisers and to take personal responsibility in order to save their families and loved ones,” the statement read.


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Abia State Government, Victor Okezie Ikpeazu.

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