Umahi to Appoint 13 LG Caretakers Soon
*Promises100 Neighborhood Watchmen per LG as Covid-19 cases rise to 33
By Victor Nwegede
Ebonyi State Governor, Engr. David Nweze Umahi has declared his intention to appoint the caretaker committee chairmen for the 13 local government areas in the State following the expiration of the elected council chairmen come May 29th, 2020.
The Governor made this known during the State Executive Council’s emergency meeting held on Sunday 24th May, 2020.
Umahi who revealed his concluded plan to appoint the council caretaker committee, pointed out that by the expiration of the tenure of the current 13 local government chairmen, his appointing the transition Committee would hold in the mid-night of Thursday, 29 May, 2020 to run the affairs of the council areas till a election is officially conducted.
The Governor also said, the activities of neighborhood watch members would be dissolved to select only 100 persons per local government to carry out their functions.
According to him, the State internal security popularly known as the Neighborhood Watch would stand dissolved by 1st June 2020, and asked the all the council chairmen to ensure their salaries are paid for the month of May immediately, before the change takes place.
He added, “we are reconstituting the neighborhood watch and we are asking the traditional rulers, president general, and head of communities to immediately come together and recommend for immediate deployment of 100 neighborhood watch.”
The state Governor as well announced the rising number of the Covid-19 cases and situation of the already confirmed ones in the state.
“On the 22nd of May, we recorded 8 new cases: 6 from Ishielu, 2 from Ikwo. The cases were all the people traveling from Delta, Lagos, Imo, and sneaked into the state through the borders.
“Also, on 23rd May, we had another 9 new cases from Afikpo North while on 24th, we had 2 new cases from Ohaukwu LGA. We currently have 33 cases with 6 discharged successfully, and Ebonyi State does not have a recorded case of community transmission”, he hinted.
In a furthance, he disclosed that the state had delayed in getting kits from NCDC, adding that the road blocks at the border areas have been reduced from 6 to 4.
“They gave us some kits but the kits are not enough – it is difficult to hold people for 14 days without testing them. The federal government will have to intervene immediately about this. If they ask us to isolate these people from society, we should also have enough testing kits to follow the NCDC policies. On road blocks, we will reduce the blocking of borders from 6 to 4.
“We have equally approved the stoppage of payments of allowances to security personnel through their Service Chiefs but through direct payment of the security personnel on their duty post by the Monitoring Team led by the Deputy Governor. The same applies to Medical Personnel. The daily routine register will be the basis for payments to avoid leakages.
“All the Liaison Officers, Members of Local Government Advisory Committee, all political office holders are expected to be part of the Monitoring Team day and night. Defaulters will be relieved of their duties” he noted.