Gov. Umahi dissolves COVID-19 sub-committee, suspends Devpt centers coordinators


Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi state Monday suspended some coordinators of Development Centers (DC) for their inability to properly guard the border areas within their jurisdiction.

He also dissolved the anti COVID 19 Sub-committee on religious for the failure to enforce precautionary measures during Easter services in various churches.

Governor Umahi had on Thursday last week partially lifted ban for Christians to religious activities on Sunday but with a clause that all in attendance must be on mask and all the rules of COVID 19 precautionary measures must be put in place.

However, in a statement released by Barr. Uchenna Orji,the state Commissioner for Information and state Orientation, who also is the acting Commissioner for Human Capital Development and Monitoring, it was revealed that the subcommittee members on religious affairs failed in their duties, which made many worshipers not to be conscious of the law.

While the Governor dissolved the team, he exonerated the chairman of the committee Rev. father Abraham Nwali.

The statement reads in part: “Following the failure of some Development Centre Coordinators to effectively guard the borders and entry points in their domains and the inability of the state Anti-Coronavirus Sub- Cttee on Religious Worshipers to ensure the enforcement of the COVID-19- precautionary measures amongst the churches this Sunday,12th April 2020, the Governor of Ebonyi state, governor Chief David Umahi has directed the immediate suspension of all the Development Centre Coordinators of the affected locations and the immediate dissolution of the Sub- Committee on Religious Worshipers with exception of it’s Chairmam,Very Rev Fr Dr Abraham C. Nwali, who might be in the church at the time of the Sunday service.

“In compliance therefore, the Secretary to the State Government and Coordinating Commissioner is compiling the details of the borders or entry points reported as having enforcement leakages, including the affected Local Government Areas, the Development Centres, the Wards and other areas where the State Sub- Committees are not enforcing the regulations and precautionary Measures, for appropriate sanctions to be meted to the affected public office holders in line with the directive of His Excellency the Governor”.