COVID-19: Obiano shuts down state civil service for 2 weeks, inaugurates Action Committee

Anambra State Government has declared 14-day Work from Home for Civil Servants in Anambra state in response to the growing threat of Coronavirus across the country. The Work-from-Home will take effect from Tuesday, March 24, 2020.

 Governor Willie Obiano who announced this in a broadcast on Monday at the Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia, however, said any civil servant may be called upon at any given time to handle an urgent assignment as the case arises.

 He noted that the directive excludes all staff of Anambra State Ministry of Health, Ministry of Works and officers on essential duty.

 According to the Governor, “All public gatherings are hereby suspended in Anambra State till further notice with effect from today, March 23, 2020.

 “This includes traditional marriage ceremonies, community festivals, Ofala festivals, masquerade festivals,  Igbankwu Nwanyi, funeral ceremonies, baby christening, new yam festivals, title-taking ceremonies and any meeting of more than 30 participants. Traditional rulers and President General of Communities must ensure full compliance or be held responsible.

 “All nursery, primary, secondary, vocational and tertiary schools are hereby closed with immediate effect. All academic and extra-curricular activities are hereby suspended.”

 The Governor went further, “All public transport operators are directed to submit the manifest of all passengers coming into Anambra State to the appropriate authorities with their names, phone numbers, residential addresses, and final destination.

 “No Keke or tricycle rider should carry more than two passengers at a time. Drivers of shuttle buses must not carry more than 3 passengers at a time. Drivers of township and mini-buses must not carry more than 5 passengers at a time.

 “The public is strongly advised to only visit the markets for essential commodities.

 “All night clubs are hereby closed until further notice. People should endeavor to sit at home. Operators of bars and restaurants should not admit more than 30 customers at a time and must adhere strictly to the basic standards of social distancing. They must also provide hand-washing points and hand sanitizers for their customers. Any violation will attract immediate closure of the premises.

 “All persons returning to Anambra State from all countries of the world and states that have Covid-19 cases must go into self-isolation for 14 days and report. Security Agencies have been directed to ensure full compliance.”

 The governor also announced the setting up of an Action Committee on Covid-19 headed himself to ensure hands-on attention to the best ways of containing the plague.

 The members of this committee include Dr. Vincent Okpala, Commissioner for Health; Mr. C Don Adinuba, Commissioner for Information; Dr. Simeon Onyemaechi, Prof Igwegbe Anthony, Prof Oby Emelummadu, Dr. Simon Ushie, Dr. Basil Nwankwo, Dr. Emmanuel Azuike, Dr. Ifeoma Njelita, Dr. Uche Onyejimbe.

 Others are Dr. Chijioke Obagha, Prof Maurice Iwu, Dr. Joe Akabuike, Dr. Ifeanyi Okoye, Dr. Ernest Ifebi, Dr. Chioma Ezenyimulu, Dr. Onyeka Ibezim, Chidi Kanu, Rt. Hon Uche Okafor, Speaker Anambra State House of Assembly, Prof Solo Chukwulobelu, Chief Primus Odili, Uzu Okagbue, and Chinedu Aniagboso

 “All calls related to suspected COVID-19 should be routed to Anambra Public Health Emergency Operation Center on 08030953771 and 08117567363.

 “I want to assure you that we are determined to do our best to preserve life and restore normalcy within the shortest possible time. More guidelines on the best practices to be adopted shall be communicated as the need arises,” he revealed.

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