By Obiechina Emeka
NSUKKA------ ----- Chairman of Igbo Eze South Local Government Area of Enugu State, Mr Peter Omeje, has asked resifents of the area to always wear their face masks to reduce the impact of Coronavirus pandemic on the people.
This followed the partial easing of the lockdown of the state by the state government.
Omeje said that those caught outside their hpuses without their masks would lbe turned back to their homes by the taskforce set up to regulate people's compliance for with the guidelines on the pandemic.
He spoke at Ibagwa, the council headquarters during the sharing of 15,750 locally - made face masks donated to the local government by the state Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.
Addressing the audience compromising religious leaders, representatives of security agencies, traditional rulers and President Generals of town unions, iOmeje urged them to continue the enlightenment in wards and communities,, pointing out that the fight against the pandemic should be everybody's business.
His words,"If you must open your shop or come into the markets within our council area to trade, or buy something, you must wear your face mask, otherwise, our taskforce will turn you back. If you are a commercial cyclist or tricyclist, you must put on your face mask if you want to operate in our vicinity. You will not be permitted in churches if you are not wearing yours.
"We will not charge money for violation because we know that this is a challenging period, but our taskforce team will force you home if you are caught without the mask."
He also spoke about social distancing, and asked market leaders in the council to ensure that stayed far away from their customers or union members, even as the state was one of the safest in the country.
He further spoke on the restriction of inter-state movements, saying, "I have commissioned the security agencies and vigilante groups to man our borders with Kogi State at Itchi Agu, Unadu and Ugwu Okwua.
"At the beginning, there was no serious compliance because those who were posted there compromised. It was at that point that we reccruited reliable youths living close to the borders to join forces with the security agencies and vigilante groups to ensure total compliance; and they have been doing excellent jobs.
"Sometimes, I sleep at those borders to ensure that the directives are followed.
"There have been lots of improvement. We are also raising more youths who are interested in doing this job to complement our efforts.
"We have caught so many vehicles coming from the north at those borders and we have always turned them back despite that most of the occupants are Igbos living in the north; we are not emotional in this fight against coronavirus."