Agbodike warns lockdown defaulters, home is better than isolation centre

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Agbodike warns defaulters
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THE Deputy Speaker of the Anambra State House of Assembly, Paschal Agbodike has warned defaulters of government lockdown measures that their homes are certainly better than quarantine centers.

During an update session with the House of Assembly Covid-19 Monitoring Team, Agbodike, who is the chairman of the team was optimistic that the state had done all that is necessary to ward off any outbreak of coronavirus.

Encouraging the people to heed governnent advise against coronavirus by maintaining social distancing, washing of hands as well as use face masks when outside their homes, the lawmaker noted that the monitoring exercise will continue to ensure that there is no slip in the battle against the pandemic.

According to him, their inspection revealed “that government is fully prepared and should be commended. The environment in the three places we went was serene. The facilities are modern and there are enough beds and ventilators.”

He disclosed that since its inauguration, the committee has visited  quarantine centres set up by the government and in the process discovered that the facilities were up to date, properly equipped and  ready to use by Covid-19 victims.

On a visit to the state borders, Agbodike (Ihiala 2 state constituency), noted that the committee was impressed with the level of compliance of the border closure by the security agents contrary to insinuations that the borders were porous. 

According to him, the law enforcement agents at the Head Bridge Onitsha and the border with Enugu, barred vehicular inter-state movements and “my assessment is that they are really doing their job because it is not easy to man the borders day and night.”

He said only motorists conveying essential materials like pharmaceuticals, food items were allowed entry while buses and other vehicles were restricted from entering into the state at road blocks at the borders.

The Deputy Speaker said further: “We also went to Eke-Awka market, relief market Onitsha and other markets in the company of the commissioner for trade and commerce. We saw that the markets were under lock and key during our oversight visit.”

Encouraging the people to heed governnent advise against coronavirus by maintaining social distancing, washing of hands as well as use face masks when outside their homes, the lawmaker noted that the monitoring exercise will continue to ensure that there is no slip in the battle against the pandemic.

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