SOUTH EAST Governors‘ Forum (SEGF) have expressed deep concern about the rising cases of COVID-19 in the states and the increasing infiltrations at the interstate borders by defaulters of ban on movement while appealing to security personnel at the border to make their presence count.
The governors described as worrisome the movement of beggars and youths, also known as almajiri, stowed away in trucks conveying food stuff, livestock and cement trucks into the South East and enjoined community leaders to ensure that such illegal movements were not allowed to take place within their boundaries.
At the end of its teleconference Sunday, SEGF unveiled strategies to stem the tide of the risers cases by increasing the rate of testing, hoping that at least five per cent of the region’s populations is tested for COVID-19 in the next couple of months.
That position is buoyed up by the two testing centers each in Imo and Anambra states, and more coming up in Enugu and Abia states.
In a communique signed by the Governor of Ebonyi State and Chairman of the SEGF, David Umahi, the governors hoped that the zone would be in a position to navigate through the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy.
At the meeting in which some Igbo leaders also participated, the Forum revealed plans for a stabilization fund for Ndigbo in a post Covid-19 era with special emphasis accorded the education, health, agriculture and industrial sectors, including small and medium scale enterprises.
Umahi appealed to youths to visit the ministries of agriculture in their various States and become part of the various agricultural programmes that have been set up and geared towards reducing hunger during and after the pandemic.
The Forum restated the need for people to keep observing the personal hygiene measures of washing of hands, no-mask-no-movement, the social/physical distancing, while staying away from large gatherings.