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31 Mar
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STATE BROADCAST BY HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR, DR IFEANYI OKOWA, GOVERNOR OF DELTA STATE, ON TUESDAY, 31ST MARCH 2020 ON THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

My Dear Deltans,
I wish to make further pronouncements in our continuing efforts to prevent/contain the spread of the coronavirus disease in Delta State.

2. In the exercise of the powers conferred on me by the Delta State Public Health Law Cap P21 Laws of Delta State 2006, and in particular, section 8 of the Quarantine Act, Cap Q2 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004, (having regard to the provisions of Sections 2,3 and 4 of the Quarantine Act, Cap Q2 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004), and further pursuant to the Infections Diseases (Emergency Prevention) Regulation 2020 and other enabling Laws and powers in that regard, I hereby order as follows:

i) With effect from Wednesday, April 01, 2020, movement of people, goods and services into, within, and out of all parts of Delta State are hereby stopped;
ii) All residents of the State not on essential duty or providing essential services are to stay home till further notice;
iii) The prohibition of the gathering of persons in the State for conferences, meetings, religious worship, festivals, private events, public visits, burials, weddings, traditional marriages and other social events;
iv) The temporary closure of public places, such as event centres, bars, night clubs/lounges, cinemas, markets, supermarkets, malls, shops, restaurants/canteens;
v) There shall be no street football or any other sporting activities on the streets or neighbourhood during this emergency period;
vi) Foodstuff sellers are permitted to conduct their businesses within the precinct of their homes and will be monitored to ensure they adhere strictly to the social distancing rules;
vii) Markets for ONLY the sales of food items and water will be organized in designated Primary/Secondary Schools in each Local Government Area of the State; they will be coordinated and supervised by the Local Government Chairmen and their teams to ensure compliance with the rules on social distancing.
viii) Pursuant to the Infections Diseases (Emergency Prevention) Regulation 2020, it shall be an offence to inflate the prices of/or hoard food, drugs and other essential goods and services within the State during this period of emergency; Anybody found in contravention of this order may have such essential goods seized or forfeited to the State as stipulated in the Law.

EXEMPTIONS
ix) The restriction of movement does not apply to the following categories of persons:
Those involved in the transportation of essential supplies such as food, water, petroleum products, pharmaceutical products, medical/emergency supplies or other essential supplies as may be cleared by my office;

  • Security;
  • Healthcare (Pharmacies are to remain open);
  • Water Supply;
  • Fire Service;
  • Power Supply;
  • Essential Departments of Media Houses
  • Essential Departments of Telecommunications companies.

x) Livestock farmers (poultry, piggery) and fish farmers are to be allowed into their farms;
xi) Banks are to remain open but only for skeletal services;
xii) All persons that fall under the category of exemption must carry valid identification tags to ensure easy identification and smooth passage as there will be increased security presence during this period;

3. The State Government solicits the support, patience and cooperation of all residents in complying with these directives to enable us to win this war. We are aware of the inconveniences these restrictions will bring but we must realise that we are in an emergency. Life has no duplicate and people have to be alive to be able to work or do business. So far, the only way to stop or contain the spread of this disease is to prevent further transmission.

4. I am also appealing to wealthy Nigerians, particularly Deltans, to support the Government in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. Those who wish to make financial donations can contact any of these persons – my humble self the Secretary to the State Government and the Honourable Commissioners for Finance and Health.
Deltans are please advised to call the following numbers if somebody suddenly falls ill or develops symptoms associated with the coronavirus disease.
0803 123 0480
0803 123 0481
0803 123 0528 and
0803 123 0529

5. Finally, I urge us all to engage in fervent prayer and intercession to God for Him to speedily bring an end to this plague.

6. Thank you and God bless us all.

Office of the Governor
Government House
Asaba
March 2020

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27 Mar
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Okowa congratulates new ICAN President, Onome Adewuyi

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta on Friday congratulated Mrs Onome Adewuyi on her election as the 56th President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN).

Adewuyi, a Deltan from Emevor in Isoko North Local Government Area, was elected at an ICAN Council meeting held online on Thursday.

Prior to her emergence on Thursday, Adewuyi served as Vice President of ICAN and member of the Governing Council of the apex body for accounting professionals in the country since 2007.

Okowa, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, in Asaba, described Mrs Adewuyi as an illustrious daughter of Delta who has brought honour and glory to the state.

He said that Delta was proud of her sterling accomplishments in a career spanning over 35 years.

The governor noted that all the positions Adewuyi had held in ICAN prepared her for the current big task.

“I am glad to hear that she has held several positions in the Institute, including Chair of the Membership Affairs, Staff and Organizing, and Investigation Panel Committees.

“I am also aware that her previous services to ICAN include three terms as Treasurer, Chair, Professional Examinations Committee, 2017 and Chair, IT and Image and Publicity Committees and President, Society of Women Accountants of Nigeria (2013-2015).

“All these positions no doubt prepared her for the task of leading the great Institute in the years ahead.

“On behalf of my family, the government and people of Delta, I congratulate our illustrious daughter and renowned accounting professional, Mrs. Onome Joy Adewuyi, on her election as the 56th President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN).

“It is my prayer that God will grant you wisdom and knowledge to lead the Institute to greater heights,” he said.

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27 Mar
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COVID-19: Why we are locking down in Delta – Aniagwu

The Delta State Government has reaffirmed the necessity of a lockdown in the state, saying it is to protect lives of citizens against the Coronavirus.

The Commissioner for Information in the state, Mr Charles Aniagwu, made this known while briefing newsmen on the outcome of a meeting between Governor Ifeanyi Okowa-led Central Committee on Prevention of COVID-19 Pandemic in Delta with chairmen of local government councils in the state, on Friday in Asaba.

Aniagwu said that as custodians at the grassroots, council chairmen had the responsibility of sensitizing local communities on the pandemic and to ensure full compliance of all measures announced by the state government, in their domains.

According to him, the need for us to shutdown has become very imperative because if people don’t move, the virus will not move and so, we appeal to our people to assist the government in averting the spread into our state.

“The governor today continued the sensitisation of key stakeholders in the state. This afternoon, we held meetings with chairmen of local government councils with the Commissioner of Police and others in attendance.

“The essence is to inform them of the steps we have taken as a state, and also intimate them on the need for them to go back to their different local governments and continue the sensitisation and be part of the different actions we have also taken.

“Emphasising the need for people to stay at home, the governor has directed that from 6 a.m. on Sunday, no vehicle will be allowed into or out of the state, while on April 1, all markets will be closed.

“So, we need the cooperation of the local governments to be able to take these messages to their people and also ensure that they cooperate with the security agencies in their different domains with a view to ensuring effective implementation of these decisions that the government has taken.

“We are happy to report that the chairmen have already started taking actions and what they are doing will deepen our desire to get our people to understand why we have to shutdown at a time like this,’’ he said.

The commissioner acknowledged that the prevailing situation was not the best of times for the people, but expressed confidence that “if we don’t move, the virus will not move. The virus is not airborne and once we are able to get our people to observe these different behaviours, particularly social distancing and closure of markets, we are sure that we will overcome.

“We give God the glory that up till this time, we don’t have it and we pray we don’t have it.”

On his part, Chairman, Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON) in Delta, Mr Itiako Ikpokpo, said that the meeting emphasised the need for council chairmen to go back to their areas and continue the sensitisation on why government’s directives on the shutdown should be strictly obeyed.

He said that it was in the best interest of everybody to stay at home and maintain social distancing where necessary.

“Today we had an extended Joint Allocations and Accounts Committee (JAAC) meeting. It was extended because we had the Commissioner of Police, the Director, Department of State Services, Secretary to the State Government and of course, Commissioner for Information.

“Top on the agenda was the issues concerning the COVID-19 pandemic and the need for us to look at the areas of concern, and as you are aware, the governor has given direction on this matter in an address to people of the State and country, three times now.

“Where we are now is that we are preparing for a total lockdown or shutdown and we have taken very far-reaching decisions which include time and hours when filling stations can operate, because people really need to stay in their homes.

“Markets need to be shut down; essentials like food can only be sold in large spaces like primary schools where wares can be sold and shut by 4 p.m.

“We also agreed that marriages of more than 20 people in attendance can’t hold, and of course, the issues of churches and CAN have been over-emphasised.

“We have taken the issues of health very seriously and we have directed that all chairmen should go back to their respective local government areas and ensure that markets are fumigated and cleared.

“Emergency numbers have also been placed on red alert and basically, when you come from abroad in this kind of situation, you must self-isolate; so don’t see it as infringing on your rights when people report your presence to the medical health workers,’’ Ikpokpo said.

He assured that the police, the DSS and other stakeholders were ready to enforce the directives “for the health and safety of our people’’.

“All councils have called meetings of different segments – market women, stakeholders of all groups, Presidents-Generals of communities, youth leaders, women leaders, NULGE, NUT and traditional rulers in all local government councils where this message has been passed to them.

“So, what we are going back to do is to reiterate the fact that there is need for us to abide and adhere for the safety of our own people,” he added.

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26 Mar
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COVID-19: Delta announces lockdown, closes borders

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta on Thursday, announced lockdown of all activities in the state and closure of all borders as the state government intensified efforts to make the state safe from Coronavirus pandemic.

In a broadcast in Asaba, the third in one week, the governor, who is the Chairman of the Central Committee on Managing and Containing the Coronavirus Pandemic in Delta, stated that the lockdown would be effective from Wednesday, while the closure of borders and other entry points into the state would commence at 6 a.m. on Sunday.

He also ordered the closure of Asaba airports to traffic from 6 p.m. on Friday, and explained that the committee took the far reaching decisions to further ensure that people in the state were safe.

He said: “As promised, we have continued to monitor and review developments concerning this global pandemic on a daily, if not hourly basis.

“Although there has been no confirmed case in Delta, we deemed it fit to take further measures to avert any outbreak or contain its spread if it occurs.

“Consequently, after a meeting with the Central Committee on Managing/Containing the Coronavirus Pandemic headed by me, several far-reaching decisions were made and I hereby order that the Asaba airport should be closed to traffic effective from Friday, March 27, 2020 at 6 p.m.

“All land borders into and out of Delta are to be shut effective 6 a.m. on Sunday, March 29, 2020.

“All businesses – malls, supermarkets, markets and shops – are to close from Wednesday, April 1, 2020.

“All residents in the State are to stay at home from Wednesday, April 1, 2020.

“Food sellers are to conduct their businesses within the precinct of their homes and are required to strictly adhere to the social distancing rules.

“Deltans are advised that there will be increased security presence on the streets and land borders to ensure strict compliance with these directives.’’

The governor stated that the restrictions were for two weeks, in the first instance, but did not apply

to persons providing essential services – Security, Healthcare (Pharmacies are to remain open), Water, Fire, Power, Essential Departments of Media Houses and Essential Departments of Telecommunications companies.

He directed that officials of the affected agencies and companies must carry valid identification tags to ensure easy identification and smooth passage.

“I urge all Deltans to adjust to the new order and cooperate with the Government and law enforcement agencies.

“Drastic as these measures may seem, they are for our collective good. At the same time, we must keep on praying to God to save us from the seismic effects of this global pandemic,” he added.

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26 Mar
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STATE BROADCAST BY HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR, DR IFEANYI OKOWA, GOVERNOR OF DELTA STATE, ON THURSDAY, 26TH MARCH 2020 ON THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

STATE BROADCAST BY HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR, DR IFEANYI OKOWA, GOVERNOR OF DELTA STATE, ON THURSDAY, 26TH MARCH 2020 ON THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

My Dear Deltans,
This is the third time I am addressing you on the coronavirus pandemic.
2. As promised, we have continued to monitor and review developments concerning this global pandemic on a daily if not hourly basis. Although there has been no confirmed case in Delta, nevertheless, we deem it fit to take further measures to avert any outbreak or contain its spread if it occurs.
3. Consequently, after a meeting with the Central Committee on Managing/Containing the Coronavirus Pandemic headed by me, several far-reaching decisions were made, and I hereby order as follows:
Asaba airport is to close to traffic effective from Friday, March 27, 2020 by 6pm.

All land borders into and out of Delta are to be shut effective 6am, Sunday, March 29, 2020.
All businesses-malls, supermarkets, markets and shops -are to close from Wednesday, April 1, 2020.
All residents in the State are to stay at home from Wednesday, April 1, 2020.
Food sellers are to conduct their businesses within the precinct of their homes and are required to strictly adhere to the social distancing rules.
Deltans are advised that there will be increased security presence on the streets and land borders to ensure strict compliance with these directives.
These restrictions are for two weeks in the first instance but do not apply to persons providing essential services namely;
Security
Healthcare (Pharmacies are to remain open)
Water
Fire
Power
Essential Departments of Media Houses
Essential Departments of Telecommunications companies.
Officials of these agencies/companies must carry valid identification tags to ensure easy identification and smooth passage.
4. I urge all Deltans to adjust to the new normal and cooperate with the Government and law enforcement agencies. Drastic as these measures may seem, they are for our collective good. At the same time, we must keep on praying to God to save us from the seismic effects of this global pandemic.

5. Thank you.
6. God bless us all.

Office of the Governor
Government House
Asaba

March 2020

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26 Mar
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Okowa hails Michael Diden at 57

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has felicitated with Chairman of Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC), Hon. Michael Diden, as he clocks 57 years on March. 26.

Okowa said that Diden popularly known as Ejele, has made remarkable contributions to the development of Delta in the several capacities he has served the state.

In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, in Asaba, the governor commended Diden for his tremendous and outstanding efforts in the service of Delta over the years, and described him as an outstanding man who always spoke truth to power.

He observed that Diden commanded a lot of followership across the state, and attributed it to his selfless and humble leadership style.

The governor recalled that Delta Political Vanguard (DPV) which Diden founded with other illustrious Deltans, contributed immensely to the realisation of his governorship ambition in 2015 as well as his re-election in 2019.

“Michael Diden’s leadership of Delta Political Vanguard (DPV) no doubt contributed significantly to our success in the 2015 and 2019 elections.

“He is a man of the people and a truthful politician loved by many for his open-door policy and humane disposition.”

“As Chairman of DESOPADEC, he has stabilised the Commission to focus on its core mandate.”

“DESOPADEC under his leadership has continued to contribute to poverty reduction, economic, social and infrastructure development in oil-bearing communities of the state, which recently won the commission Independent Newspapers Award for the Outstanding State Agency of the year.

“On behalf of my family, the government and people of Delta, I congratulate you, my brother and friend, Hon. Michael Diden, Chairman, Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC) on the occasion of your 57th birth anniversary on March 26,’’ he said.

Okowa rejoiced with family members, friends and political associates of Diden on the auspicious occasion.

He expressed strong belief that “the best years of the PDP leader are still ahead’’ and prayed that Almighty God would grant him long life, good health and more wisdom to keep serving the state and country”.

Diden who hails from Deghele in Warri North Local Government Area of the state was chairman of the council and was also a Commissioner representing Itsekiri ethnic nationality on the board of DESOPADEC during the administration of former Governor, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan.

In 2015, he was elected into the Delta State House of Assembly where he served as Deputy Chief Whip.

Diden, an evangelist and a man after God’s heart is the founder and General Overseer of Mega Praise Ministry Int’l with headquarters in Sapele.

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25 Mar
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COVID-19: Delta, religious leaders agree on social distancing

The Delta Government says it has agreed with religious leaders to enforce social distancing in worship centres across the state.

The Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu, disclosed this in Asaba on Tuesday, while briefing journalists on the outcome of meetings between the State Task Force on COVID-19 and Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and Muslim groups in the state.

He said that the state government was concerned about the health of Deltans and therefore, directed that not more than 50 persons should be allowed in worship centres across the state.

“For quite some time now the Governor has been very busy taking decisions and proactive steps with a view to ensuring that we are not caught napping with respect to the COVID-19 ravaging the country and international community.

“What we have done today is in furtherance to the precautionary measures. The Governor today felt there is need to consult with religious groups – the Muslim community and the Christian community.

“After the meeting with these two bodies, the government has agreed that in the first instance, on no account should any of the religious groups gather more than 50 persons at a time.

“This is because we believe that there is need to practice social distancing and we are praying that as we make progress, we will have cause to review some of these decisions but we are praying that the state remains as safe as it is now. You know that there is no case of COVID-19 in Delta.

“We have also made it known to them that they should try through other means to communicate to their members to try as much as possible to observe all the behaviours that we have rightly pointed out before now.

“These are regular washing of hands, sanitising as much as possible and also maintaining a very clear distance among and within people.

“But, what is more important is that they have seen the need to observe the different positions of the government with respect to maintaining social distance and not to for any reason, have more than 50 persons congregating in any of their worship centres at a time,” Aniagwu explained

In his remark, Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Delta Chapter, Apostle Sylvanus Okorote, said that the meeting was all about control and prevention because the pandemic had no cure for now.

“Everybody has to keep himself. First, social distancing was agreed upon and it is the most important aspect of it, at least six feet in between persons and no shaking of hands.

“As for church service, we agreed actually to reduce the church service as much as possible down below 50 persons per service.

“We will do further consultations and we could even ask people to pray from home because it might come to that. But, we thank God that we don’t have a case yet in Delta,” he said.

Also speaking, leader of the Muslim community in the state, Alhaji Auwalu Tukur, thanked Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa for his proactive steps in leading the state.

He assured that decisions reached at the meeting would be implemented to the latter to ensure that the virus did not spread to the state.

“We have agreed that we should not be more than 50 people in the mosque during any Jumat service and we will abide by what government has said.

“The Governor has been up-and-doing since the outbreak of the virus and we will do everything possible to support the state by enlightening our members on the need to maintain personal hygiene at all times,” Tukur added.

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25 Mar
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COVID-19: Okowa lauds FG for halting int’l flights

Delta Governor, Sen. (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, has commended the Federal Government for halting international flights into the country as part of measures to curtail the COVID-19 pandemic.

He said the stoppage of international flights and closure of land borders would stem the spread of the dreaded disease in the country.

Okowa told journalists after inspecting facilities at the Isolation Centre for the pandemic at the Central Hospital, Asaba, on Wednesday that with the preventive measures being put in place by the state government, Delta was ready to battle the disease if any case was recorded in the state.

He urged Deltans and Nigerians to adhere to precautionary instructions and maintain personal hygiene and social distancing, saying that such measures would help in averting contact and spread the Coronavirus.

According to the Governor, we have gone through the Isolation Centre and the Holding Rooms and you can see that the centre is fully ready. Other facilities to ensure that the health staff are safe have also been fully installed.

He said, “we have ventilators in place and more will be installed within the week. The important thing is ensuring the comfort of the patient but also ensuring that the health staff members are safe. We have proper changing rooms, with personal protective wears also in place.

“We now have two centres in Asaba alone; you will recall that a week ago I inspected the purpose-built Isolation Center at the Federal Medical Centre, Asaba, built by the Delta State Government.

“Beyond these two centres that are ready, we are also establishing another one at the Teaching Hospital in Oghara. The Medical Director has made necessary arrangements for a secluded part of the hospital. They already have their Dialysis machines and we have also released funds for the quality of water needed for the machines.

“We are also establishing a centre in Warri. By tomorrow (Thursday), all works that need to be done to put the ward in good shape would have been completed and the necessary equipment will be deployed for the purpose of being able to attend to would-be patients if and in case we have the Coronavirus in the state.

“We are preparing; we don’t have to wait till we have a case. We thank the Federal Government for stopping international flights and closing the land borders; that is one good thing we have done, but I think we should have done that earlier than we did.

“However, we thank them for this action which will now enable us to manage those persons in the country who are already exposed to the virus and manage the transmission chain in such a manner that we are able to reduce the numbers and that’s exactly what we are trying to do here in Delta.

“We have advised our people on the need to wash their hands properly and to also use hand sanitisers regularly, we have advised that it is not the time to congregate together or go to parties, we have also given directives banning nightclubs.’’

Okowa also stated that transporters must ensure that their vehicles were not fully loaded.

According to him, it’s not the time to carry four people at the back; maximum is two at the back and one at the front. We just have to show love to ourselves and the best way you can show love is by obeying instructions by doing what we ought to do.

“We are meeting with our religious leaders on the need to find alternative ways to worship for now. Not all churches or mosques will be able to communicate with their members through the internet.

“But for those that cannot, you can call on phone and pray with your members but your members can also truly stay at home and pray, God hears prayers wherever the person is.

“It is not compulsory you must be in church in full capacity for us to pray to God, because God hears us from wherever we make our prayers. These are some of the precautions we are taking.

“We have also banned all town unions and conferences from taking place;  all youth gatherings are banned with effect from tomorrow (Thursday).

“So, it is important that Deltans should please listen and as much as we listen and observe these, we are likely going to be able to limit the chain of transmission and that’s important.

“We don’t have any case yet but that does not mean that we are safe; just one case is enough to create a chain of transmissions that can cause panic just in a few days or weeks.

“Coronavirus is real, the rates are doubling every three to five days in some countries and we must be very cautious because the virus can catch up with anybody.

“It is good for us and our families as well as our nation if we obey instructions from the NCDC or any other relevant health authorities,” the governor stated.

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24 Mar
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COVID-19: Delta acquires ventilators, bans public gathering

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta, on Tuesday, said the state government had acquired 19 Ventilators, monitors and other critical equipment for the management of COVID-19 cases if it occurred in the state.

Okowa disclosed this in radio and television broadcast on the COVID-19 pandemic in the state, in Asaba.

He announced that public gatherings, including burials, weddings, conferences and seminars, with over 20 persons in attendance should be suspended immediately.

According to him, the ban is part of measures being put in place by the state government to protect the people from contracting the deadly coronavirus which has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

The governor also directed that civil servants from Grade Level 1-12 should stay at home till further notice, and also suspended the application of Biometric system for daily attendance of workers to work in the state till further notice.

He, however, stated that workers on essential services were exempt from the order, and urged Deltans to avoid non-essential travels in and outside the state.

 “My Dear Deltans, for the second time in one week, I am addressing you on the coronavirus pandemic.

“As at 2 p.m. today, 24th March, 2020, the Federal Ministry of Health has confirmed 42 cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria. While there is no case confirmed in Delta, we must take some precautionary measures to prevent, as well as limit infection, if it occurs.

“The Multi-sectoral Coronavirus Preparedness Group led by NCDC has activated its national Emergency Operation Centre, and they are working closely with State Health authorities.

“I wish to urge all Deltans to adhere strictly to the following precautionary measures:

“Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 – 60 seconds and use alcohol-based Sanitisers.

“Social Distancing: maintain at least two metres (six feet) between yourself and anyone, especially those coughing or sneezing.

“My dear Deltans, in the spirit of love for one another, any one of us who has recently returned from high- risk countries such as China, USA, Italy, Spain, Germany, France, UK, Iran, South Korea and Japan, must self-isolate from friends, family and others for minimum of 14 days.

“ All, who have had close contact with those who visited these high incidence countries are also advised to self-isolate for the same period.

“On our part, we have taken certain steps to mitigate the impact if and when cases are detected in our State; a Multi-sectoral Committee has been put in place and the State Emergency Operation Centre activated.

“Health staff have been selected and trained adequately, and the State Government has completed a purpose-built Isolation Centre at the Federal Medical Centre, Asaba. The centre is ready for use.

“Three other Centres at the now completed Central Hospital, Asaba; Delta State University Teaching Hospital, Oghara and Central Hospital, Warri, are being prepared as additional centres.

“To protect healthcare personnel and increase capacity, Personal Protective Equipment for health staff are in stock and we have continued to scout for more.

“The State Government has also packaged incentives for critical health staff who will be engaged in COVID-19 treatment and management.

“In the last 48 hours, we have paid for and taken delivery of 19 Ventilators and a good number of Monitors for use by our medical staff.

“Other critical needs, including Dialysis machines, dedicated for COVID-19 case management will be installed.

“I urge Deltans not to panic, but we must all commit to best behaviours by keeping to the advice of the NCDC and state officials.

“Please do not spread false information on social media, as it will do us no good,’’ he stated.

okowa added that “all institutions of learning – Primary, Secondary and Tertiary – are to close for a period of 30 days at the end of school hours on Wednesday, 25th March, 2020.

“Malls, supermarkets, restaurants, banks, hotels and bars must, in addition to providing Sanitizers at various entry points, ensure social distancing by allowing only few persons at a time.

“Market leaders are to ensure that Sanitizers are provided at all entry points to the markets. Failure to do this will attract sanction from the Government.

“All night clubs/lounges and cinemas are to be closed forthwith, while all burials and social events must be low-key, not attracting crowds of more than twenty (20) persons or be put off indefinitely.

“Security agencies will be directed to enforce this henceforth. Social distancing must be complied with.’’

He announced that the State Government would immediately convene a meeting with religious bodies and their leaders to take far-reaching decisions on worshipping.

The governor, however, said all crusades and conferences must be suspended for now.

He directed all local government council chairmen to urgently meet with traditional rulers and opinion leaders in their domains to partner the State in carrying out the advocacy to curtail the spread of the infection.

Okowa further directed that henceforth buses and taxis must provide hand sanitzers for travellers, adding that all town union gatherings or youth conferences/gatherings were prohibited until further notice.

“All political gatherings and conferences, summits and gatherings involving more than 20 persons are banned until further notice.

“Together and with God on our side, we shall overcome this plague,” he added.

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24 Mar
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STATE BROADCAST BY HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR, DR. IFEANYI OKOWA, GOVERNOR OF DELTA STATE ON THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC ON TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 2020.

STATE BROADCAST BY HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR, DR. IFEANYI OKOWA, GOVERNOR OF DELTA STATE ON THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC ON TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 2020.

My Dear Deltans,

For the second time in one week, I am addressing you on the coronavirus pandemic.

2. As at 2 pm today, 24th March, 2020, the Federal Ministry of Health has confirmed 42 cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria. While there is no case of COVID – 19 confirmed in Delta State we must take some precautionary measures to prevent, as well as limit infection if it occurs.

3. The Multi-sectoral Coronavirus Preparedness Group led by NCDC has activated its national Emergency Operation Centre, and they are working closely with State Health authorities.

4. I wish to urge all Deltans to adhere strictly to the following precautionary measures:

Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 – 60 seconds and use alcohol-based Sanitisers.

Social Distancing: maintain at least two metres (six feet) between yourself and anyone, especially those coughing or sneezing.

Persons who are coughing or sneezing should stay home or keep a social distance. They should not mix in a crowd.
Ensure good respiratory hygiene by coughing into your sleeve at the bent elbow or using tissue to cover your mouth and nose. Then dispose of the tissue immediately.
Deltans are advised to avoid all non-essential travel within or outside the State.
It is important we realise that the virus does not spread itself; it is spread by people.

If you feel unwell with symptoms like fever, cough and
have difficulty in breathing, call the following
numbers for guidance:- 0803 123 0480, 0803 123 0481
(viii) Do not engage in self-medication.

5. My dear Deltans, in the spirit of love for one another, any one of us who has recently returned from high risk countries such as China, USA, Italy, Spain, Germany, France, UK, Iran, South Korea, Japan, must self-isolate from friends, family and others for minimum of 14 days. All who have had close contact with those who visited these high incidence countries are also advised to self-isolate for the same period.

6. On our part, we have taken certain steps to mitigate the impact if and when cases are detected in our State;
A multi-sectoral Committee has been put in place and the State Emergency Operation Centre activated. Health Staff have been selected and trained adequately.
(ii) The State Government has completed a purpose-built Isolation Centre at the Federal Medical Centre, Asaba. The centre is ready for use.
(iii) Three other Centres at the now completed central Hospital, Asaba; Delta State University Teaching Hospital, Oghara and Central Hospital, Warri are being prepared as additional Centres.
(iv) To protect healthcare personnel and increase capacity, Personal Protective Equipment for health Staff are in stock and we have continued to scout for more.
(v) The State Government has also packaged incentives for critical health staff who will be engaged in COVID-19 treatment and management.
In the last 48 hours, we have paid for and taken delivery of 19 No. Ventilators and a good number of Monitors for use by our medical Staff.

(vi) Other critical needs, including Dialysis machines, dedicated for COVID -19 case management will be installed.

7. I urge Deltans not to panic, but we must all commit to best behaviours by keeping to the advice of the NCDC and State officials.

8. Please do not spread false information on social media, as it will do us no good.

 

DIRECTIVES

  • All institutions of learning: Primary, Secondary or Tertiary are to close for a period of 30 days at the end of School hours on Wednesday, 25th March, 2020.
  • All workers on grade levels 1 -12 (except those on essential duties (Health Staff, Fire Services, Water Corporation/agencies) are to stay at home effective 26th March, 2020.
  • Biometric operations at all levels of Government are hereby suspended till further notice
  • Malls, supermarkets, restaurants, banks, hotels and bars must, in addition to providing Sanitizers at various entry points, ensure social distancing by allowing only few persons at a time.
  • Market leaders to ensure that Sanitizers are provided at all entry points to the markets. Failure to do this will attract sanction from the Government.
  • All night clubs/lounges and cinemas are to be closed forthwith.
  • All burials and social events must be low-key, not attracting crowds of more than twenty (20) persons or be put off indefinitely. Security Agencies will be directed to enforce this henceforth. Social distancing must be complied with.
  • The State Government is to immediately convene a meeting with religious bodies and their leaders to enable us take far-reaching decisions on worship. However, all crusades and conferences must be suspended for now.
  • All Local Government Council Chairmen are hereby directed to urgently meet with traditional rulers and opinion leaders (men/women) in their domain to partner with the State in carrying out this advocacy to curtail the spread of the infection.
  • All buses and taxis must provide hand Sanitzers for travellers.
  • All town union gatherings or youth conferences/gatherings are prohibited until further notice.
  • All political gatherings and conferences, summits and gatherings involving more than 20 persons are banned until further notice.

9. Together and with God on our side, we shall overcome this plague.

Office of the Governor
Government House
Asaba
March 2020

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