COVID-19: Workers, judiciary, markets, others resume in Anambra with face masks


Anambra state workforce, Monday, resumed normal activities in the state ministries, agencies and departments, legislative and judiciary following the ease of lockdown by Governor Willie Obiano.
Obiano had on April 25 relaxed the lockdown which spanned through March 23, and implored the leaderships of markets, religious institutions and entire populace to go about their daily activities including burial, marriages and others with total compliance to social distancing, handwashing, wearing masks and other COVID-19 preventive measures. But all markets and traders dealing on non essential goods and civil servants officially opened on Monday, along with school teachers although pupils and students were urged to remain homes and pay attention to the state government sponsored  academic teachings on radio pending official resumption.


Blueprint observed that the state Jerome Udoji Secretariat where most of ministries were sited, 63 markets including Eke Awka, Onistha Main market, Nkwo Nnewi market, banks and even roads witnessed influx of people with various designs of face masks.
Speaking on resumption, the Speaker, Anambra state House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Uche Okafor, adviced workers and other state populace while giving in their best to the state to observe all safety measures as directed by the government, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and World Health Organisation (WHO).


Okafor said, “There was nothing to fear, once all the precautionary measures to wade the virus off our domain were maintained; wear your face mask, maintain social distancing while discharging your duties, use sanitisers.”


On his part, the state Chief Judge, Justice O. M. Anyachebelu, who had in release directed for operationalisation of the state customary, magistrate and High Courts, urged court officials to wear face masks, observe social distancing, wash hands with soaps, and apply hand sanitisers regularly.
Anyachebelu, however, issued direction to regulate the sitting of the Courts, even as he described the period beginning from Monday, 23rd March, 2020 to Monday, 4th May, 2020 (six weeks), which was the period of the lockdown of the public service of Anambra State, as “force majeure” stressing that “ This period is excluded for the purpose of computation of time for doing any act under the Rules of Court.”

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