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 Churches in Delta on Sunday complied with the stay at home order of the state government as members worshipped in their homes A Nigeria News Agency correspondent who monitored the situation in Asaba Okpanam and environs reports that church premises were not opened for Sunday worship The Redeemed Christian Church of God Anglican Church and Assemblies of God Church and others complied with the directive The state Gov Ifeanyi Okowa had on April 1 directed the residents to stay at home for 14 days to enable containment of the COVID 19 pandemic According to him observing social distancing and regular hand washing can help to contain the virus The Secretary to the State Government SSG Mr Chiedu Ebie who led a task force to monitor compliance said the directive was not punitive Ebie said that local government council chairmen across the state had been mandated to set up makeshift markets in primary schools within the communities to enable residents to purchase food items I appeal to all residents and Deltans to take the exercise seriously For those that are educated exposed or enlightened it behooves on them to educate others because people have different beliefs and come out with different theories about COVID 19 The fact is that COVID 19 is real and needs to be taken seriously The government is stepping up its game to monitor activities of commuters across the state and to ensure that foreigners don t encroach illegally he said The SSG also said that the government had advised security personnel to exercise discretion in enforcing the sit at home order As you know there are exemptions to the rule as explained by the governor We need to ensure that the exempted people can still go about their normal businesses he said Also the Commissioner of Police in the state Mr Hafiz Inuwa appealed to the people to be patient with security operatives while identifying themselves We have addressed the issue of harassment severally Our people are very inpatient sometimes there might be a queue and you have to identify yourself It is that process of waiting that people complain of Once we confirm that you are a medical officer either private or public we allow you to go and discharge your duties Inuwa said The state Commissioner for Information Mr Charles Aniagwu called for increased cooperation from the residents saying that the lockdown was in their best interest When people fail to comply it makes things very difficult it means that after the two weeks they will make the job of government difficult and we don t hope to extend it I appeal that we don t engage in actions that will make government to extend the lockdown we are pleading with people to bear with us for the period At the end of the day we will be able to deal with the virus We know that it is affecting our economy but life is far more important than economy we know how to wake it up but we don t know how to wake up a dead man Aniagwu said Edited By Chinyere Bassey Ijeoma Popoola NAN
Lockdown: Churches comply with Delta Government’s directive

1 Churches in Delta on Sunday complied with the stay-at-home order of the state government as members worshipped in their homes.

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3 A Nigeria News Agency correspondent, who monitored the situation in Asaba, Okpanam and environs, reports that church premises were not opened for Sunday worship.

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4 The Redeemed Christian Church of God, Anglican Church  and Assemblies of God Church and others complied with the directive.

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6 The state Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa had on April 1, directed the residents to stay at home for 14 days  to enable containment of the  COVID-19 pandemic.

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8 According to him, observing social distancing and regular hand washing  can help to contain the virus.

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10 The Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr Chiedu Ebie, who led a task force to monitor compliance said the directive was not punitive.

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12 Ebie said that local government council chairmen across the state had been mandated to set up makeshift markets in primary schools within the communities to enable residents to purchase food items.

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14 “I appeal to all residents and Deltans to take the exercise seriously.

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16 “For those that are educated, exposed or enlightened, it behooves on them to educate others, because people have different beliefs and come out with different theories about COVID-19.

17 “The fact is that COVID-19 is real and needs to be taken seriously.

18 “The government is stepping up its game to monitor activities of commuters across the state and to ensure that foreigners don’t encroach illegally,” he said.

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20 The SSG also said that the government had advised security personnel to exercise discretion in enforcing  the sit-at-home order.

21 “As you know, there are exemptions to the rule as explained  by the governor.

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23 ”We need to ensure that  the exempted people can still go about their normal businesses,” he said.

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25 Also, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Hafiz Inuwa, appealed to the people to be patient with security operatives while identifying themselves.

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27 “We have addressed the issue of harassment severally. Our people are very inpatient; sometimes, there might be a queue, and you have to identify yourself.

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29 “It is that process of waiting that people complain of. Once we confirm that you are a medical officer, either private or public, we allow you to go and discharge your duties,” Inuwa said.

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31 The state Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu, called for increased cooperation from the residents, saying that the lockdown was in their best interest.

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33 “When people fail to comply, it makes things very difficult; it means that after the two weeks, they will make the job of government difficult, and we don’t hope to extend it.

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35 ” I appeal that we don’t engage in actions that will make government to extend the lockdown; we are pleading with people to bear with us for the period.

36 “At the end of the day, we will be able to deal with the virus.

37 “We know that it is affecting our economy but life is far more important than economy; we know how to wake it up but we don’t know how to wake up a dead man,” Aniagwu said. .

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39 Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Ijeoma Popoola
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