Anambra State Government has postponed the earlier announced reopening of schools on Monday, January 18, 2021. This is due to the renewed effect of the covid – 19 pandemic. The State Governor, Chief Willy Obiano, in a broadcast on Tuesday, banned any gathering exceeding 50 people, while threatening to close any market that violated COVID-19 protocols.“All markets in Anambra State are given one week to ensure proper compliance. Any market found violating the standard shall be shut.
“Schools in Anambra shall not reopen on January 18, 2021 as earlier scheduled. Rather, schools will reopen after two weeks from today (Tuesday) to enable principals and teachers prepare for the return of our children,” the Governor said, expressing worry over the poor attitude of the people of the State towards observing covid – 19 protocols.
“Sadly, it appears that our warnings fell on deaf ears. Our people allowed themselves to be carried away by the joys of the Yuletide season and failed to maintain the COVID-19 protocols. My administration has taken a string of hard decisions to stamp out the renewed spread of this pandemic,” he said.
The Governor directed that all government offices must observe the standard COVID-19 protocols, and warned that nobody would be allowed into any government premises without wearing face mask. According to the Governor, all markets in Anambra State were given one week to ensure proper compliance, and threatened to shut any market found violating the Covid-19 safety standard.
Leading in front, the Governor has been not been attending major functions in the State due to the renewed surge in COVID-19 cases. He has been in his country home of Aguleri since the Christmas period. He has been absent in attending major functions in the State due to increasing spread of the pandemic. There has been an average of 40 cases weekly, and it has continued to increase because those affected were infecting others.
In an effort to reduce the spread, the Governor had written religious leaders in the State over the surge of the pandemic and the need for them to enlighten their followers, as well as observe COVID-19 protocol during gatherings. Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, C-Don Adinuba, in confirming the letter said, “I just wrote a letter in that respect, but the Governor has not signed it and until he signs it, it will not be appropriate for me to release it to the press. The Governor will sign it today (Tuesday), latest tomorrow (Wednesday), it will be made public.”