Association calls for collaboration to contain COVID-19 spread in Ebonyi communities- From Reginald Okoro

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Gov Dave Umahi

The Association of Ivo Media Practioners (AIMP), has urged various stakeholders at the various local communities in Ebonyi to collaborate in the fight against the Coronavirus pandemic to contain its spread.

The association, an umbrella body of practising media professionals of Ivo extraction made the call at an expanded security meeting held on Sunday at Isiaka, the Ivo LG headquarters.

The meeting was attended by representatives of various security agencies, political office holders, traditional rulers, women representatives and professional bodies among others.

The association which made the call through Dr Nelson Ogbaeja, its national coordinator, commended Chief Dave Umahi for putting in place various measures, strategies and protocols to contain the virus from spreading in the state.

He said that aggressive fight against COVID-19 pandemic required active collaboration of key stakeholders across the local communities to prevent community infection.

Ogbaeja noted that collective and aggressive fight against the pandemic in Ivo LGA has become very imperative in view of the recent discovery of an index case in the area.

He said that the discovery of an active case in the Ivo has put people living in the various communities and villages in the LGA vulnerable to the virus adding to combined efforts were needed to contain and prevent any spread.

“Ivo LGA is a border LG that shares borders with communities in Enugu, Abia and Imo states and people defy the lockdown on interstate movement to sneak into Ebonyi through these border communities.

“The indigenes of the area are in danger of contracting the deadly virus hence the need for all hands to be deck while stakeholders should combine their enegies to fight to defeat the virus and stop it from spreading into our communities.

“With Ebonyi confirmed to have the highest number of cases in the South-East zone, we must rise to the occasion, defend our frontiers by ensuring that no additional cases of the virus is recorded in our LG,” Ogbaeja said.

He commended Chief Onyebuchi Ogbadu, who was inaugurated on Friday, May 29 as Care-Taker chairman of Ivo LG for bringing stakeholders of the council together to exchange ideas on how best to make the area safe and free from the deadly virus.

He said that AIMP would partner the new administration in the war against the Coronavirus pandemic assuring that members would use their respective media platforms to inform, educate and orientate the grassroots on proper precautionary measures.

Ogbadu who called for the cooperation and collaboration of the stakeholders said that no success could be achieved in the fight except with joint and collaborative efforts of the various stakeholders.

He commended Gov Umahi for appointing him to serve the people and also for his efforts in ensuring that the disease was contained from spreading into the rural areas.

Ogbadu noted that the meeting was called to address all the security challenges in Ivo LGA especially in the fight against COVID -19 in the area and need to check illegal migration of persons into the area.

He added that the efforts must be geared towards securing the LGA’s borders to avoid unknown and suspected COVID-19 carriers from entering the area.

The chairman pointed that it was at the border that the council’s index case was discovered stressing that security would be beefed up at the entry and exit points in the council to prevent unauthorized movements in and out of the LG.

“We will do all that it will take to secure our borders and prevent illegal and unauthorized movements of people in and out of our council.

“We are going to strengthen and reposition our local vigilante to make them more efficient and responsive to the fight.

“We will also encourage the police which is the lead agency in the fight and other sister security agencies to actively collaborate to achieve good result.

“Technical Assistants, Management Committee members, Liaison officers, Vigilante groups and interested members of Neighbourhood Watch will be posted to borders on morning and night shifting basis,” he said.

Ogbadu maintained that his administration would neither rest nor sleep until the war against the pandemic was won.

He enjoined members of the local community vigilante that stopped work due to non payment of monthly allowances to go back to work assuring that the arrears would soon be be paid.

He reiterated state government ban on commercial motorcycle operators from operating within 300 metres from the borders adding that anyone caught violating the ban would be arrested for prosecution.

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