- Workers in Imo are not happy at the moment due to their salaries been delayed by the state government
- Even more infuriating for the workers is that the government has ordered to stay at home
- The directive was due to new COVID-19 restrictions announced by Governor Hope Uzodinma
A cross-section of Owerri residents has expressed mixed reactions to Governor Hope Uzodinma’s order for the closure of the state secretariat in the wake of rising cases of COVID-19 in Imo state and beyond.
Reacting to the governor’s order, some civil servants said they were dismayed by the sudden halt of official activities at the secretariat, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.
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Worse is, the state government is still owing many workers and it is fuelling anger among the populace.
Mr. Anthony Njoku of the ministry of health said it was unfortunate that the closure was coming barely a few days to the Christmas and New Year celebrations.
Njoku said that the executive order had disrupted plans by workers to get some palliatives for the festive period.
According to him, some workers are owed October and November salaries, while others have yet to be paid since March.
Meanwhile, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, Nigeria's former vice president has blamed the federal government for the resurgence of COVID-19 infections in recent times.
Atiku blamed the government in a social media post titled: An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.
He said the reason Nigeria took a harder than necessary hit during the first wave of the COVID-19 virus was that the Buhari administration failed to heed the warnings of well-meaning Nigerians, including himself, to shut down Nigerian borders once the virus became a pandemic.
In a related development, the chairman of the Presidential Task Force of COVID-19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, on Monday, December 21, announced new restrictions to forestall the spread of the virus among the people.
He explained that the directives were advisories issued to state authorities for implementation in the next five weeks.
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