From Maurice Okafor,Enugu
The Chairman of Enugu East local government area, Hon Alex Ugwu, has issued stern warning to the Councillors of the various wards in the local government to ensure that the ongoing sharing of face masks in his council area is spread across all residents irrespective of party of affiliation.
He gave the task while distributing bags of face masks allotted to Enugu East local government by the state government during a recent stakeholders meeting at the Council’s headquarter. Other stakeholders involved in the meeting were leaders of the various Markets Unions, Traditional rulers, Town Union Presidents, Religious leaders, Leader of Hausa communities in his Council area, as well as peoples with disability etc.
Hon Alex Ugwu stated, “The task before you as elected councillors is enormous. For the fact that you are in charge of your respective wards, you are the image of the government. Towards this direction, you must have to accommodate every Nigerian resident in your ward in sharing series of government palliatives, irrespective of his or her party of affiliation. We are all elected to serve our people, the era of party politics is gone for now”
The Enugu East local government chairman further directed the Councillors to register and collect data of every resident of his ward issued the face mask for accountability, stating the directive is from the state government.
Hon Okezie further tasked the stakeholders to ensure residents sticks to all safety rules to contain corona virus pandemic as being advocated by Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCNC) and Enugu state government or be ready to bear the consequences of bending the rules.
He cautioned that his local government COVID-19 monitoring team will deal ruthlessly with any commercial transport company caught to be engaged in interstate transport services, even as he urged the various market leaders to still enforce the rules of locking down all stores, in compliance with the state government directive by 6pm
“We have mounted road blocks at our borders with Igbo Etiti local government area and Ebonyi state. We have also put our checks at the border between Enugu East council area and Nkanu East local government.” He noted
The Enugu East Council area also shared among the residents, food items comprising bags of rice, cartons of indomie noodles, tubers of yams and hand sanitizers.