By; PAMELA EBOH, Awka
Sequel to the ongoing efforts by the Governor Willie Obiano administration to forestall a disaster that may occur in an eventual identification of Coronavirus pandemic in the state, the state has placed all its six entry points under full scale watch.
The state Commissioner of transport, Dr Christian Maduko made the declaration during a tour of Onitsha Bridge Head, (border between Anambra and Delta State) and Amansea, border between the state and Enugu State.
The state has boundaries with six states, Enugu, Imo, Abia, Delta, Kogi and Rivers.
Other measures in place include the the use of thermometers for reading temperatures of commuters at border points and presentation of passengers mamifest by inter-state commercial buses plying the state route.
Madubuko harped on the need for transport operators to imbibe the habit of moving with passengers’ manifest at this challenging time, so as to ease contact-tracing in the event of any identified case.
He said, “We are trying to see that those coming from other states comply with our directive. We want to check where they are coming from, where they are going in order to ascertain that they properly manifested.
“We have our monitoring teams in other areas to ensure that no place is left out in this task.”
While inspecting a vehicle’s manifest, the commissioner urged drivers to as a matter of urgency install sanitisers, hand-washing equipment with water and detergent as well as thermometers in their vehicles.
He added, “Any commuter with high temperature or suspected case of the virus should be reported to Health Ministry or relevant agencies for immediate diagnosis.”
Some of the drivers, who spoke with our Correspondent commended the initiative of the state government in tackling the global health emergency.
A driver with Romchi Mass Transit Ltd., Mr Amechi Aluu applauded the effort of the monitoring team, saying that some of the requirements should be communicated to the management of the transport company.
Mr Fidelis Ehirinne of the Enugu State Transport Company (ENTRACO) pledged to comply with approved loading and sitting arrangements for social distancing of commuters.
On his part, Anyaegbulem Nwulu of Ifeanyichukwu Motors, described the exercise as timely.