Members of the Abia State inter-ministerial committee for COVID-19, on Wednesday, stormed the Commercial city of Aba on enforcement visit and sealed Chapel of Answer Church along jubilee road as well as the electronic plaza in Ariaria international market.
The team which was led by the Chairman of the Committee who is also the secretary to the State Government (SSG), Barr Chris Ezem, visited two churches in the city, the central mosque along Hospital road and also Ariaria international market, expressed worries over the level of compliance to COVID-19 prevention and control guidelines issued by the state government, and appealed to residents to take the fight against the disease serious to avert looming danger.
At the Chapel of Answers Church, Barr Ezem who was visibly angered by the fact that the members were conducting midweek service in defiance of the protocols on religious worship for only Fridays for Muslims, Saturdays, and Sundays for Christians, also condemned what he described as non-observance of social distancing by the worshipers as well as non-wearing of face masks by many of those found inside the church. According to him, “religious worship centers must partner with government to arrest the growing number of infections recorded in Aba as it is Biblical to do so, and we cannot afford to sit idly and watch our people being exposed to this deadly virus that is threatening to kill as many people as it can find in the world”.
At the central mosque in Aba, the SSG who addressed shop owners and the leaders of the mosque warned against trading in the night during curfew hours as well as loading and offloading interstate buses from the northern part of the country. He expressed displeasure over reports of non-compliance with the compulsory wearing of face masks, maintenance of social distance, and gathering of not more than 50 persons during worship streams. He also stated that any further violations will lead to the indefinite closure of the mosque.