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Border closure: Obiano decries poor compliance

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GOVERNOR Willie Obiano has expressed dismay over the level of violation of inter-state movement restrictions by some people.

  Governor Obiano made his feelings known when he paid unscheduled visits to the state boundaries.

  Among the boundaries inspected are the Bridge Head, Onitsha, with Delta State and Amansea with Enugu state.

  Governor Willie Obiano while frowning at the poor level of compliance charged security agencies on duty to enforce total restriction.

  The governor, who was visibly angry directed the Police Commissioner to block off the two ends to reduce human and vehicular traffic.

  He reminded security operatives at the Onitsha axis that they are not only enforcing the 6 am to 8 pm curfew, asking them not to allow any vehicle to be positioned on top of the bridge.

  The governor reminded security agents that the total lockdown on interstate boundaries was 24 hours, stressing that only vehicles carrying essential items would be allowed into the state after thorough checks.

  At the Amansea Bridge towards the end of the Enugu State border, Governor Obiano noted with sadness that few police officers were manning the area, warning that people on foot were equally restricted from crossing over.

  The governor took a walk to the Enugu end of the boundary, where he personally inspected the few vehicles, waiting to be checked.

Governor Obiano expressed satisfaction over the enforcement at the boundary, noting that the effective way of containing the virus is by strictly enforcing Anambra boundary closure.

  The state’s Police Commissioner, Mr John Abang, Commissioner for Transport, Dr Christian Madubuko, and other members of the COVID-19 Committee were also present.

  Recall that as part of precautionary measures toward containing coronavirus pandemic in the state, during his last broadcast, Governor Obiano announced closure of all boundaries in the state, with exception of essential service providers.

  This is part of the state government’s multi-sectoral approach aimed at combating the spread of COVID-19 including the use of thermometers for reading temperatures of commuters at border points.

  Anambra State has boundaries with six states including Enugu, Imo, Abia, Delta, Kogi and Rivers states.

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