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1. Lockdown: Human Rights Commission compiles cases of human rights violations

2. Government counsels motorists against violation of one-way drive at Aroma

3. Anambra receives more donations for fight against COVID-19 pandemic

4. Government directs contractor to hasten up road construction

5. Assembly passes bill on containment of COVID-19, other diseases in Anambra

6. Fight against COVID-19 requires joint effort of all

Lockdown: Human Rights Commission compiles cases of human rights violations

By Chukwuka Ugokwe

Awka, April 17, 2020 (MOI) Following reported cases of human rights violations by security operatives enforcing government directives on CORVID-19 lockdown, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has started monitoring and documenting rights violations.

It has urged members of the public to report by telephone calls, text messages or video recordings any human rights violation by ensuring that such reports will include all relevant information of an alleged violator, scene of the incident and victims.

The Commission made this known in a statement issued in Awka, and signed by state coordinator, Mrs Nkechi Ugwuanyi, on behalf of its Executive Secretary.

It acknowledged the need by government to protect rights to health and life of the people.

The Human Rights body, however, appealed to law enforcement agencies across the state to carry out their lawful duties in this regard without undue violations of the rights of the citizenry.

“We recommend that all arrests associated with implementation of COVID-19 lockdown be done in accordance with international and National best practices.

 “We have directed our staff members to monitor and document all cases of human rights violations across the state for necessary action,’’ It said.

The commission enjoined all citizens to comply with COVID-19 lockdown directives by the state government to protect their rights to health and those of others. (MOI)
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Government counsels motorists against violation of one-way drive at Aroma

By John Ndu

Awka, April 17, 2020 (MOI) Anambra State Government has counseled motorists who violate the new one-way drive at Aroma junction, Awka, to desist from doing so.

Commissioner for Transport, Mr Christian Madubuko, who cautioned against this, said the state government had given a week of grace for motorists to get used to the new traffic arrangement or be apprehended.

Mr Madubuko said this in an interview with newsmen at Aroma junction, Awka.

He emphasised that the warning also extended to other road users, who violate Anambra State Traffic Laws across the state.

He stressed that the new traffic arrangement was designed to decongest Ifite-Aroma – Expressway, as well as other towns in Anambra, where the state government had mapped out for traffic decongestion.

According to him, our purpose of coming out today (April 16) was to sensitise the public and motorists on the need to obey the new traffic directive by the state government.

“The directives were geared toward ensuring free flow of traffic at Aroma junction, the Expressway and other strategic places in the state.

“This awareness started two weeks before the lockdown, declared by Government and will continue until the next one week before actions will be taken against defaulters.

“By this warning, any motorists caught violating traffic laws will face the wrath of the law.

“By this, if you are coming from Ifite, turn right to Stamford road, come out at the House of Assembly road, and reconnect back to the Expressway.

“Those coming from Secretariat road, either take right to join the Expressway or take a left turn. This alone will lessen traffic jam at Aroma junction,’’ he explained.

Shortly after the interview, the commissioner and his team were seen directing motorists and creating awareness on the new traffic arrangement. (MOI)
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Anambra receives more donations for fight against COVID-19 pandemic

By Onyinyechi Edokwe

Awka, April 17, 2020 (MOI) Anambra State Government has continued to receive material and financial support from kind-hearted individuals and organisations toward the fight against Coronavirus pandemic in the state.

Among the latest donors, is Mr Ifeanyi Ibezi, former member, House of Representatives, who represented Idemili North and South Federal Constituency; he donated N1million.

Mr Ibezim, while handing over the cheque to Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Prof. Solo Chukwulobelu explained that the donation was his little contribution toward supporting Government in the fight against the pandemic.

Chairman, Tummy-Tummy Foods, Chief Chika Emenike gave a donation of a thousand cartoons of ‘Tummy-Tummy’ noodles in support of government toward helping to cushion the effects of the lockdown order in the state.

Management of Zhongtian Construction Nigeria Ltd., developers of Agulu Lake (Golden Tulips) Hotels and current developer of Anambra State International Conference Centre, Awka, donated N3 million.

The Contract Manager of the company, Mr Abiola Kolawole, while presenting the cheque commended the state government for its efforts so far in containing the spread of the virus.

Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) through its Head of Communication, Mr Chukwuemeka Ezeh, accompanied by some staff members, donated 60 cartons of alcohol-based hand sanitisers.

Presenting the items, Mr Eze re-assured the state government that EEDC would ensure constant electricity supply to all COVID-19 facilities in the state.

Meanwhile, Chairman, Rotech Energy Services Ltd., Chief Austin Oguejiofor represented by Mr Chiejina Obieze donated N2 million to the state in support of the fight against the pandemic.

Nigeria Bottling Company (NBC) donated 60,000 bottles of 50cl Eva Water to government to support the fight.

The presentation was made by the Commercial Manager of the Company, Mr Ademola Yusuf, who was accompanied by some staff members of the organisation.

An individual, Chief Walter Chigbor, represented by Mr Cyril Nwogbor donated the N1 million to government.

The SSG while receiving the donations in his office at the Government House, Awka, thanked the donors for their kind gestures and for coming to the aid of Government in the fight against the pandemic.

He told them that the donations were warmly received and would be judiciously used for the purpose for which they were given.

SSG, then, called on other companies and contractors working in the state and those working for the state to come out and support the fight against the pandemic.

Present during the presentations include the Commissioner for Health, Dr Vincent Okpala, his counterpart at the Ministry of Housing, Mr Mike Okonkwo and the Executive Secretary, Anambra State Health Insurance Scheme, Dr Simon Onyemaechi.

The Managing Director, Anambra Broadcasting Service, Mr Uche Nworah and Deputy Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr Emeka Ozumba were also present. (MOI)
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Government directs contractor to hasten up road construction

By Okoli Sunday

Ogbunike (Oyi LGA), April 17, 2020 (MOI) Anambra State Government has directed the contractor handling Maduaburochukwu Obiano Road, Ogbunike, Oyi Local Government Area to hasten earth works on the road in order to commence asphalting.

Commissioner for Works, Mr Marcel Ifejiofor gave the directive after inspecting progress of work on the 4.3km road.

He directed the contractor to protect the work done so far by laying asphalt on the remaining section of the road.

“I must sincerely commend Tamad Construction Company for impressive quality of work done on this road, especially the completed drainage works.’’

Director, Tamad Construction Company, Mr Tony Madi, an engineer, said that the company was working very fast to beat the coming rains.

He said they will work according to the Commissioner’s directive and get the road ready for use before the setting in of the rainy season. (MOI)
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Assembly passes bill on containment of COVID-19, other diseases in Anambra

By Anastacia Agunwa/Chizoba Okeke

Awka, April 17, 2020 (MOI) Anambra State House of Assembly has passed a bill for law to prevent spread of Coronavirus otherwise tagged COVID-19 and other dangerous infectious diseases in the state.

The law cited as: “the COVID-19 and other dangerous infectious diseases, prevention and eradication law, 2020’’ has been passed by the state lawmakers during emergency plenary on April 16’’.

The plenary session was carried out by the legislators, with strict observation of social distancing in their seating arrangement.

The Speaker, Mr Uchenna Okafor, who presided over the plenary described Coronavirus pandemic as `deadly’.

He thanked the lawmakers for painstakingly passing the law, which, according to him is aimed at ensuring the containment and eradication of COVID-19 and other dangerous infectious diseases and the health of the people of the state.

The Speaker read out the bill for passage, while the lawmakers unanimously adopted it through voice votes and passed.

Under offences and penalties, “the bill stipulates that anybody who violates any of the provisions of five to nine directives has committed an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine of N100,000 or to a term of a month’s imprisonment’’.

Speaking on the bill, Majority leader, Mr Nnamdi Okafor said the bill sustained all the directives already provided by the state government to combat the disease.

He noted that government directives include closure of state boundaries, restriction of movements and comprehensive but temporary.

Others are restriction on public gathering, social distancing as well as personal hygiene and safety health measures.

Mr Obinna Emeneka, representing Anambra East Constituency described it as a welcome development.

“The bill empowers the Chief Judge of the state to designate such number of Magistrate’s Courts or High Courts in any senatorial zone of the state as he may think appropriate for the summary and expeditious hearing and determination of all matters on violation of relevant provisions of the law.’’

The House, then, set up a 10-man Committee known as `the House of Assembly COVID-19 Observation Team’, headed by the Deputy Speaker, Mr Pascal Agbodike.

Also at plenary, the House in compliance with the 1999 Constitution as amended elected chairmen and members of Local Government Transition Committees for a period of three months. (MOI)
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Fight against COVID-19 requires joint effort of all

By Patricia Osegbue/Antonia Okeke/Nkiru Anakor

Onitsha, April 17, 2020 (MOI) Senior Inspector, `MAN ‘O’ WAR Nigeria’, Mr Uchenna Arinze has suggested that the fight against COVID-19 pandemic will require combined efforts of all Ndi Anambra in the state.

Arinze said this when Information Officers on monitoring mission met him at a check point by under the Upper Iweka Bridge, Onitsha on April 15.

“For success of the fight against Coronavirus to be assured, all hands must be on deck; Ndi Anambra should not leave it in the hands of only the Government alone.’’

According to him, everyone will need to see this as clarion call to save our state from the deadly disease; that is the reason why my unit is on duty here.

“Anyuokoo nwamili onu, ogbo ufufu’’, meaning only a joint effort would guarantee total victory over the COVID-19 pandemic.

“If you cannot provide palliatives to the less privileged or contribute financially in support of the Government; you can at least help by obeying Government order to `sit at home’ for the time being and observe other guidelines by National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and state health ministry.’’

Mr Arinze, who said they work in collaboration with the Nigerian Police and other security agencies in enforcing peace in the area.

He complained about some challenges they face while on duty to include some vehicles owners, “who are not on official duty not permitted to cross their check points but do so brazenly.

“Some resist listening to admonitions from us and instead force their way out, including some `never-do-wells, who come out to collect unauthorised levies from motorists.

Another colleague, Inspector Innocent Awoke praised the impressive way Government had been handling the situation so far. (MOI)
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