In a bid to curtail the spread of the deadly Coronavirus pandemic, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State has banned tricycle (Keke) riders from 8pm to 6am and Bus drivers from 9pm to 6am following rise in COVID-19 cases in the state.
In a statement made on Tuesday by Secretary to Abia State Government/ Chairman Inter-Ministerial Committee on COVID-19, Barr. Chris Ezem said the order takes effect from July 22, 2020.
He ordered security agents and various task forces to ensure total compliance and impound any violator including prosecution of the operator.
The statement reads,
“Community testing for Covid-19 in the various Local Government Areas is ongoing in Abia State. This measure was adopted by Government to break the current chain of community transmission of the deadly coronavirus and to flatten the curve of our numbers in the days ahead.”
“In the light of the above, Government directs all Local Government TC Chairmen to give maximum cooperation to the Medical Team and to ensure they mobilize council members, their Aides, traditional institutions and their subjects, women, men, youth and their executives not excluding their urban and rural dwellers to submit themselves for sample collection. Government warns that any Local Government that does not meet the minimum number required will be sanctioned immediately.”
“Government also directs that should the breach of Covid-19 protocol at burials and weddings persists, it may be forced to declare a total lock down on weddings and burials in the State.”
“Government further mandates all market to ensure full compliance with covid-19 protocol failing which government will shut down any erring market including dissolution of such market union.”
“Attention of government has been drawn to the current security challenge posed by keke and bus drivers. Consequently, government hereby directs that from July 22, 2020 keke operators are to operate from 6a.m. to 8p.m daily and bus drivers from 6a.m to 9p.m daily. All security agents and our various task forces are to ensure total compliance and impound any violator including prosecution of the operator. Keke and bus operators must ensure that they do not carry beyond the prescribed number, all wearing their face mask.”
” Government appreciates all our donors and all those who are helping massively in the fight against the Pandemic and urges all Abians to stay safe; give their maximum support to ensure that the community testing exercise for covid-19 in the state records a huge success.”