Gov Umahi shuts Ebonyi govt offices as top govt officials get infected with COVID-19
Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, on Thursday, ordered the closure of all government offices in the state.
The governor suspended all government activities for one week following the sudden rise of the number of cases of Covid-19 to 75 including top government officials.
They will be shut from June 4 to June 10, 2020.
This is to check the spread of coronavirus among government officials.
The directive was contained in a statement by Uchenna Orji, Commissioner for Information.
Umahi expressed concern over the infection rate among state Executive Council (EXCO) members.
He stated that though the affected government officials were in stable condition, the closure was to ensure effective contact tracing.
All civil servants are to work from their various homes but must leave their phones open to respond to official imperatives.
The statement said a state official, “Dr Richard Nnabo and his medical team should commence comprehensive decontamination of government offices including the new and old complexes”.
It added that all exco members and government officials, especially those of the Ministries of Finance and that of budget, should “undergo COVID-19 tests within this seven-day period.
“All workers, especially from the two aforementioned ministries, should go into self-isolation. All site operations shall, however, remain operational but must be with strict observation of COVID-19 protocols.”
The government advised all sons and daughters of Ebonyi living outside the state to avoid the risk of returning.
Umahi appealed to the people to take the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) protocols seriously.
He listed them as hand-washing, use of sanitizers and face masks, observation of social distancing, among others.