By; PAMELA EBOH, Awka
The Governor of Anambra State, Willie Obiano has announced the opening of a Special account tagged ‘Anambra State COVID- 19 account’ for donations to help fight the spread of Coronavirus into the state.
To this end, the government has called on the Federal government to provide it with N1b fund to help curb the spread of the pandemic into the state.
The state which at the moment has no record of Covid-19 has been working round the clock to ensure the pandemic does not find its way into the state.
Some of the measures put into place include, closure of markets and government offices, monitoring of the borders, setting up of isolation centers as well as a committee led by the state governor to ensure the state is safe
In a statement by the Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, C-Don Adinuba, the governor enjoined the Federal Government to service the state a total of N1bn saying it will help sustain the zero record it already has because of the strategic nature of Anambra State people in commerce and industry.
The statement partly read, “Governor Obiano, therefore, considers it imperative that the Federal Government provides at least N1bn to Anambra, which is at risk in view of the multitude of people in its numerous markets and the peripatetic nature of the people who have been helping in the rapid development of all parts of Nigeria.
“Besides, we have as many as 63 major markets in the state, including the Onitsha main market, which is the largest market in West Africa.
“The markets are always full of millions of people from different countries in West and Central Africa, thereby making our people vulnerable to the contagion.
“The Anambra State Government would like to use this opportunity to announce the creation of a special account to assist ndi Anambra grapple with the grave challenges of the coronavirus. Known as the Anambra State COVID- 19 account, it is in response to various inquiries from people of Anambra State origin in different parts of Nigeria and beyond who have been seeking ways to assist their people since the viral disease outbreak.””The account, which is domiciled in a new generation bank, would be administered by Obiano as the Chairman of Anambra COVID-19 Task Force, to ensure absolute transparency and accountability.”