Government bans public events without written authorisation from community leaders
By Obianuju Nwosu :
Dunukofia (Awka South LGA), June 29, 2020 (MOI) Anambra State Government says henceforth it will not tolerate any public event in any part of the state without written authorisations from Traditional Rulers and President-Generals (PGs) of each town.
A Government statement released by the Ministry of Chieftaincy and Community Affairs said that only ‘private burials’ would be allowed by the state, where not more than 30 people would attend.
It said that such written authorisations would be jointly signed by the Igwes and PGs, which would make them know when and where any event would hold in their towns, so as to effectively monitor such gatherings.
According to the release, the Government will sanction any Igwe and PG who fail to enforce such directives in their communities.
``Effective immediately, the Igwes and the PGs will be held responsible for any breach of Government COVID-19 directive in their community.
``Any violation will not be tolerated and the Igwes and PGs have necessary means to ensure enforcement including use of Vigilance Organisations as well as the Police commands in their respective communities.
Government said that all previous directives such as wearing of face masks and maintaining social distancing of about 6fts are still in place and warned that the COVID-19 pandemic was not over.
``The stark reality is that the pandemic is not over and we need to continue observing all directives as laid down by Government.’’
It added that compliance to the protocols would henceforth be vigorously monitored at places of events in the state. (MOI)