COVID-19-Ikpeazu assures of adequate measures to protect Abians
Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, has assured Abians and other residents of the State of his administration’s preparedness and determination to ensure they are safe from the dreaded Corona virus.
The Governor gave the assurance while briefing journalists in Government House, Umuahia, upon his return to the State from Australia, where he went to negotiate scholarship placements for Abia students. He enjoined Abians and other residents to adhere strictly to the advice and guidelines provided by medical experts on how to guard against contracting the deadly infection, including; regular and proper handwashing, use of sanitizer, avoidance of handshake, avoidance of crowded places, general social distancing among others.
According to him, “Corona virus is not a death sentence but an ailment that requires community effort to deal with. Everyone of us has a role to play in preventing the disease from coming to our state”. He further said that the State has no case of the virus so far and expressed hope that together, Abia will be among States that will remain free and survive the scourge.
The Governor who enjoined citizens not to panic also used the opportunity to announce the suspension of the forthcoming Convocation of Abia State University, Uturu (ABSU), as well as immediate closure of the school and other tertiary institutions in the state as a precautionary measure. He equally announced the provision of
10, 000,000.00 (Ten Million Naira Only) each to ensure that the tertiary institutions in the state continue to hold online lectures and challenged the management of the schools to deploy appropriate technology to keep their students busy. He further directed all public and private primary and secondary schools in the State to conclude their exams and vacate on or before the 30th of March 2020 and assured that the ministry of health will deploy necessary materials to the schools to ensure the protection of the school children during the period.