As part of proactive measures to stem the possible outbreak (or contain the spread) of COVID-19 in the state, Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa has ordered the closure of Asaba to Air and land traffic.
The directive was contained in a statement on Thursday, March 26, 2020. The governor said the decision was taken after an emergency session with the state’s Central Committee on Managing/Containing the Coronavirus Pandemic.
Below are excerpts of the statement:
“My Dear Deltans,
This is the third time I am addressing you on the coronavirus pandemic.
“As promised, we have continued to monitor and review developments concerning this global pandemic on a daily if not hourly basis.
“Although, there has been no confirmed case in Delta, nevertheless, we deem it fit to take further measures to avert any outbreak or contain its spread if it occurs.
“Consequently, after a meeting with the Central Committee on Managing/Containing the Coronavirus Pandemic headed by me, several far-reaching decisions were made, and I hereby order as follows:
Asaba airport is to close to traffic effective from Friday, March 27, 2020, by 6 pm.
“All land borders into and out of Delta are to be shut effective 6 am, Sunday, March 29, 2020.
“All businesses-malls, supermarkets, markets and shops -are to close from Wednesday, April 1, 2020.
All residents in the State are to stay at home from Wednesday, April 1, 2020.
“Food sellers are to conduct their businesses within the precinct of their homes and are required to strictly adhere to the social distancing rules.
“Deltans are advised that there will be increased security presence on the streets and land borders to ensure strict compliance with these directives.
“These restrictions are for two weeks in the first instance but do not apply to persons providing essential services namely;
“Security, Healthcare (Pharmacies are to remain open), Water, Fire
Power, Essential Departments of Media Houses, Essential Departments of Telecommunications companies. Officials of these agencies/companies must carry valid identification tags to ensure easy identification and smooth passage.”
Governor Okowa encouraged the people of Delta State to see the measures as being in their collective interest.
In his words, “Drastic as these measures may seem, they are for our collective good. At the same time, we must keep on praying to God to save us from the seismic effects of this global pandemic.”
*** Franca Joseph