GOV. OKOWA’S VISIT TO THE BORDERS, MOTIVATIONAL AND A MORAL BOOSTER – DR. MICHAEL NWOKO
By Frank Iroroh
The Senior Special Assistant to Delta State Governor on Health Monitoring and the leader border health surveillance team, Dr. Michael Nwoko, has commended His Excellency, Sen. Dr. Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa, the Governor of Delta State, for creating time out of his busy schedule to pay visits to the borders in parts of the State, to monitor compliance to the inter – state lockdown order, describing the Governor’s visits as motivational and a huge moral booster to the Security agents, the Covid-19 Enforcement Taskforce and the health care personnel manning the borders.
Dr. Nwoko stated this while addressing a cross section of journalists following the Governor’s visit to the Onitsha Bridge head border between Delta and Anambra States in Oshimili South LGA, and the Alifekede border between Edo and Delta States in Ika South LGA on Saturday 9th May, 2020.
The SSA address reads, “it is with deep sense of honor and humility that I want to thank our political colossus, indefatigable leader and our amiable Governor, His Excellency, Sen. Dr. Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa for finding time to visit some of the borders today.”
“The visit is indeed a moral booster and highly motivating for the entire team which includes the Security agents, task force and health workers who work day and night to enforce border closure and carry out effective border surveillance as part of measures to curtailing the spread of COVID-19 in Delta State.”
“Once again, thank you so much Your Excellency and may God continue to arm you with wisdom and understanding required to lead us especially as we navigate through this challenging times.” Dr Nwoko concluded.
Meanwhile, Governor Okowa has dismissed reports of alleged influx of almajiris into the State, adding that the taskforce had been directed to check every vehicle coming into the State.
The Governor who was also accompanied by the Secretary to the State Government, Hon. Chiedu Ebie, the State Commissioner of police, Hafiz Mohammed Inuwa, his SSA health monitoring and leader, border health survveillance team, Dr Michael Nwoko, and other top Government officials also warned that unauthorized vehicles entering the State in violation of restriction in inter-state movement ordered by Federal Government, to stem spread of Covid-19 around the country would be impounded.
The Governor, who gave the warning while monitoring compliance of the order at some boundaries between Delta and neighbouring States, added that operators of such vehicles risks prosecution.
Governor Okowa told newsmen after monitoring situations at Onitsha Bridge head border between Delta and Anambra States and at Alifekede border between the State and Edo State on the Benin-Asaba highway, that he was satisfied with the level of compliance with the regulation and reminded security agents and members of the State Task Force at the borders that only vehicles carrying agricultural products, Pharmaceutical and medical supplies, petroleum products and those on essential duties should be allowed into the State.
He restated the State government’s seriousness at implementing the inter-state lockdown order, saying that he was aware that some persons were being moved from one part of the country to the other and charged the security operatives and members of the task force to be vigilant so as to detect unauthorized movements and stop them from gaining entrance into the State.
The governor affirmed that anyone caught without face mask in a public place would be quarantined in an isolation centre and called on well-spirited Nigerians to assist the State government in the provision of more face masks for the people as government could not do it alone.
In a similar development, the boundary health Surveillance team ably led by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Health Monitoring, Dr. Michael Nwoko were in Alifekede border post, Ika South LGA on Tuesday May 7, in continuation of their surveillance activities of health care services at the borders and to ensure that the synergy between health workers and security agents as regards effective border surveillance is sustained.
At the end of the day’s visit, Dr. Nwoko granted interview to NTA news correspondence on the compulsory use of face mask.
Also the team once again visited the Onitsha bridge head and the Idumuje-Ugboko borders to ensure that the protocol on COVID-19 is strictly adhered to at the borders.
Dr. Nwoko used the opportunity to commend the newly constituted task force team and the security agents for working in synergy with health workers at the border in order to ensure that those on essential journey go through the washing station and go through temperature checks before entering the State.
In another round of visit, the boundary Surveillance team ably led by Dr. Michael Nwoko visited the Onitsha bridge head border, on Friday May 8th, where he spent time to ensure that the nationwide border closure is strictly enforced and that only persons on essential journey as well as vehicles conveying essential commodities such as food products, medical supplies and petroleum products are alDr. Nwoko and team were received at the borders by the Chairman of Oshimili South LGA, Comr. Uche Osadebe and Executive Secretary of the LGA Health Authority, Dr. Charles Eboka. Dr Nwoko commended the Council Chairman for his support to the health workers and security agents at the border post.