- All government offices in Ebonyi state has been closed by the order of Governor David Umahi
- Umahi gave this directive after it was confirmed that some executive council members have tested positive for coronavirus
- The governor, therefore, asked all the officials to self-isolate for one week while they work from home
Following the fact that some executive council members of Ebonyi have contracted coronavirus, Governor David Umahi has ordered the closure of all government offices with effect from Thursday, June 4.
Governor Umahi gave this directive through Orji Uchenna Orji, the commissioner for information and state orientation, The Nation reports.
The governor is understandably worried over the rising number of cases of the deadly pandemic in the state which at the moment has risen to 75.
In order to give time for thorough decontamination, the closure of the offices will last for a period of one week, while cabinet members will be working from their homes.
Orji in a statement said: “All civil servants shall work from their respective homes within this period but shall leave their phones open to respond to official imperatives.
“All exco members and government officials, especially of the ministries of finance and budget, are advised to undergo COVID-19 test within this seven days period.
“The governor further advises that during this period of the closure of government offices, all workers, especially from the two ministries aforementioned, should go into self-isolation."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Ebonyi state government had lifted the ban on religious gatherings and activities in the state, effective from Friday, May 15.
Umahi said he decided to lift the ban following the passionate appeal made by the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria(CAN), the Ebonyi state chapter.
The Sun reports that the governor's decision is contained in a statement signed by Orji. The governor, however, gave strict conditions under which the religious activities must be conducted.
According to Governor Umahi, church services are only permitted on Sundays between 9am to 11am.
Congregants must not exceed 500 and must observe two-metre distance from one another. Also, Seventh Day Adventist and Muslim faithful are to observe their service on Saturday and Friday respectively from 9 am to 11 am; also once a week.
“Wearing of facemasks, washing of hands with running water and use of hand sanitizers must be strictly observed in all religious centres," the statement added.
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