By John Ndu

Awka, Dec. 17, 2020 (MOI) Anambra State Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr C Don Adinuba has expressed worries over the likely influx of people coming into the country especially Anambra State for the Yuletide season.

According to him the influx can give rise to fresh cases of COVID-19 pandemic.

Adinuba, who was pessimistic about the season, noted that friends and family members would be arriving from all parts of the country as well as from different countries previously ravaged or currently being spiked by the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic.

The commissioner made the observation during the 2020 Information Management Conference, held at the Head of Service Hall, Udoji Secretariat, Awka.

The annual event, organised by the Information Chapel of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), witnessed heavy presence of information officers from across the state.

The event has a theme: “Building Internal Partnership for Corporate Existence: Experience from Post COVID-19 Era’’, was chaired by the Commissioner for Transport, Mr Afam Mbanefo.

Adinuba, who declared the event open, urged information officers to be role models in the campaign against the spread of COVID-19 pandemic in their respective communities.

He expressed fears that the season could lead to a second phase of COVID-19 lockdown, as the rate of contamination could be high.

“Christmas and New Year celebrations are very important seasons in the cultural calendar of Igbos; people are arriving in their numbers into the country for the season, to meet their loved ones and families.

“There will be mass gathering across communities ranging from town union meetings, traditional marriages and religious activities.

“But as information officers, you should avoid unnecessary crowds. Be the voice in dissemination of information against the pandemic.

“Create proper awareness on the need to observe strict COVID-19 protocols, especially in your respective villages,’’ Adinuba said.

The commissioner urged them to pay proper attention and participate actively in the conference as well as make adequate use of knowledge gathered.

In his address, the Chairman, NUJ Ministry of Information and Public Enlightenment Chapel, Mr Onunkwo Stanley, commended Anambra State Government for his prompt response to the request of workers in the state.

Onunkwo observed that the annual conference had helped over the years, the writing skills of information officers, thereby widening their scope of knowledge. He also praised Adinuba and the management of the Ministry for their commitment and dedication toward promoting excellence in integrity. (MOI)

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