Enugu State indigenes have criticised the decision by the Ebonyi state governor, David Umahi to erect gates at all entry points into the state to stop returnees from entering illigally. Umahi made the spoke, following reports that returnees from other states were entering Ebonyi illegally following the ban on inter- state travels occasioned by COVID - 19 pandemic.
Umahi who is the chairman of the South East Governors Forum, SEGF, said he had spoken to Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi over his plans to build the gates at the borders between both states adding that two of them would soon start the joint project. However, in a statement by Ebonyi Collectives in Enugu, the people lampooned Gov Umahi for always "seeking from the angle of business and award of contracts to himself and companies as a professional Engineer."
The statement jointly signed by the Chairman and Publicity Secretary of Ebonyi Collectives, Chief Godwin Onwe and Emmanuel Nwalih respectively, said that Ebonyi was witnessing several cases of unresolved murder and asked the governor to bring lasting peace in the "food basket state of the nation" instead of engaging in frivolities."
The statement opposed the suggestion of building gates at borders instead of equipping hospitals in the state to reduce aviodabke deatgs in the state.
Governor David Umahi, had said during a live broadcast in Abakaliki, that the gates to be constructed "will be done in such a way that it will be difficult for anyone to enter the state without permission."
He said he had reached out to his Enugu State counterpart, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, on the matter, adding that the two states may soon commence the project.
Umahi said his administration will do everything within its powers to contain the spread of coronavirus in the state.
“I spoke with Enugu governor and we agreed on the project as it is still on my mind to build gates. We will build the gates in such a way that even if you want to go through the bush, you cannot pass.
“I am going to be very strict on this border restriction. If there is restriction of borders, we would not have even one case of coronavirus in Ebonyi State,” he said.