Partners with Imo State Government in the fight against COVID-19.
An audit giant, Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) on Friday, May 8, donated 750 bags of 10kg rice to the Imo State Government as part of the organisation’s contribution in assisting the state fight the pandemic.
His Excellency, Sen. Uzodimma, who received the donation, thanked the PwC representatives for their gesture and promised that Imo State Government will continue to partner with them for a better society.
Total shut down of all boarders forms the major decision of the imo state Government exco.
State Fumigation Team Arrives Ikeduru, As Chief Tony Jude Iwuamadi Applauds Gov. Uzodimma on Measures to Contain Pandemic
The Chairman Ikeduru Interim Management Committee (IMC), Chief Tony Jude Iwuamadi has again scored the State Governor Sen. Hope Uzodinma high on the measures he has put in place to flatten the curve of the novel Covid-19 pandemic in the State.
Chief Iwuamadi said this when the State fumigation team stormed Ikeduru to fumigate public places and major markets in the area in an effort to contain the spread of the pandemic.
He said it could only be the wish of God that Sen. Hope Uzodinma emerged as the governor of the state at this auspicious time in the history of the state when committed and selfless leaders are in demand, and particulary lauded the proactive measures by the governor to contain the virus in the state.
The council boss disclosed that the fumigation of public places and markets across the state is a bold initiative to disinfect the surroundings against the virus and make them safe for public use, and pledged the cooperation of his IMC to ensure that the exercise is successful.
Chief Tony Jude Iwuamadi posited that Sen. Hope Uzodinma has in a very short period of his stewardship won the confidence of the people of Ikeduru through his purposeful and committed leadership, while reassuring the governor of the unflinching support of the people of Ikeduru.
BROADCAST TO IMO PEOPLE ON THE EASING OF SOME COVID 19 RESTRICTIONS
My good people of Imo State, once again I salute you for great faith and patience in giving this administration your unalloyed support through the teething challenges that confronted us from the very first day of our inauguration
The sad incidence of coronavirus pandemic has not made our job easier. Yet you have stood by us in swallowing the painful pills of the stringent measures imposed by a lockdown of activities in the state.
I thank you, my beloved Ndimo, for the enormous sacrifices you have made during these four weeks of a general cessation of economic activities in our dear state. It was never my desire that our people should suffer unduly for what is not their fault. However because we are at war with an unknown and unseen enemy, there is need for extra vigilance. We have a duty to keep our people safe from this most frightful, yet unseen enemy, otherwise called Coronavirus. The call to duty informed the lockdown and other stringent measures, we have imposed, for the safety of everyone.
You will recall that I promised a periodic review of these measures. I address you today in fulfillment of that promise
Before outlining the details of the review of restrictions, let me first salute Nigerian workers on this auspicious occasion of workers day. I salute the patience and understanding of all workers in the country in the face of the COVID 19 challenge. Imo workers, especially the state wing of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) have been most understanding and cooperative in this teething period of our administration. I truly appreciate you all. Let me emphatically state that the welfare of workers remains a top priority of this administration. Inspite of the initial delays in salary payments occasioned by our determination to ensure that workers entitlements are not hijacked by a few unscrupulous payroll fraudsters, I assure our workforce that they will have course to smile continually.
We must all understand that although we have not suffered any deaths from corona virus, COVID 19 is a reality and we must continue to observe all the necessary safeguards even as I ease some of the restriction that we have put in Place.
In this regard I wish to announce that effective Sunday May 3rd 2020 all food markets and food vending supermarkets and pharmaceutical shops are permitted to open for business. Large markets will however remain shut.
Massive disinfection of major public places such as markets and public squares is currently on going and will end on Saturday. This informed the date of Sunday as the effective take off date for easing of some of the restrictions in place.
However all boarders into the state remain closed. This means that there is no entry into or exit from the state. In. the unlikely event that any person manages to gain entry into the state, he or she must immediately report to the COVID 19 taskforce for mandatory checks and quarantine. Those who illegally gain entry into the state and those who assist or harbour them shall be arrested and prosecuted.
The wearing of face masks is mandatory by the law of the state. Consequently any person caught without face mask shall be arrested and prosecuted
Also, effective Sunday, May 3rd, 2020 public gatherings not exceeding 50 persons at a time shall be allowed. However the rule of social distancing must be strictly adhered to.
If such gatherings must hold, there must be sufficient provisions for bucket stands for regular washing of hands in running water. Hand sanitizers must also be made available for regular use by the people so gathered. Equally every person in the gathering must wear face mask
The dusk to dawn curfew in the state remains in place. Meaning that there should be no movement from 6pm to 6am everyday till further notice.
It is my sincere hope that the decision to ease restrictions shall not be abused by our people by abandoning the recommended safety measures of regularly washing our hands in running water, sanitizing our hands regularly and maintaining social distancing. Let me emphasize that above all wearing of face masks is a must for every occasion
Once again let me assure you that I share in your pains and frustration. More importantly I also share in your optimism that by God’s grace we shall overcome COVID 19. Yet we must help ourselves so that God can help us
Thank you all and
God bless all of us
Sen. Hope Uzodimma
(Governor, Imo state. Friday, May 1st 2020
IMO GOVT NOT BEHIND IMPOUNDING OF TRUCKS- COMMISSIONER
The State government has dismissed as false and unfounded reports in some National Dailies that it impounded some trucks conveying food and beverages in Owerri on Tuesday and slammed N50, 000 fine on them as condition for passing through the State to their destinations.
A statement yesterday by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Declan Emelumba, said that the illegal act was perpetrated by a gang of thugs who tried to cash in on the COVID 19 lockdown in the State to impose illegal levies on unsuspecting haulage operators.
It explained that the governor’s executive order on lockdown and curfew, clearly exempted those on essential duties which includes trucks conveying food and beverages. Adding, “some hoodlums who tried to take advantage of this ,formed themselves into an illegal taskforce to extort money from truck drivers and claimed falsely to be agents of government.
According to Emelumba, when the situation was brought to the attention of governor, Hope Uzodimma, he directed the Commissioner for transport, Barr. Rex Anunobi to go with security operatives and disperse the hoodlums which he did with dispatch, adding that some of the thugs were arrested.
Emelumba however said the situation was regrettable and assured that all necessary measures have been put in place to ensure that such an ugly situation not repeat itself.
“While the government regrets the inconvenience the truck drivers must have suffered in the process of the illegal clampdown, it should be stated clearly that those behind the act were thugs on illegal operation who have also been arrested. All necessary measures have been put in place to ensure that the ugly incident does not repeat itself” the statement declared.
COVID 19: UZODIMMA RELEASES 36 PRISONERS, DIRECTS ACCELERATED TRIAL OF MINOR OFFENDERS
Uzodinma of Imo state has released 36 prisoners as part of efforts to decongest the prison following the threat of COVID 19.
Further the Governor has directed the Ag. Chief Judge of the State, Mrs. Ijeoma Aguguo to immediately commence, the accelerated trial and release of inmates who are on awaiting trial on minor charges or allegations
A statement yesterday by the commissioner for Information and Strategy, Declan Emelumba, said the government also directed that the prison trials must, observe all COVID 19 safety measures, including wearing of face masks and social distancing.
The statement further explained that the prisoners affected in the release are; those who are serving 3 years with less than 6 months to go, Convicts who have spent up to 25% of their prison term and minor offenders with 3 to 6 months imprisonment
The Commissioner said the governor advised the released prisoners to reciprocate government’s gesture by not returning to crime