The Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi, has banned the movements of cattle in the State capital, Abakaliki, and its environs, with immediate effect.
Governor Umahi disclosed this on Wednesday night, in Abakaliki, during a Statewide broadcast.
His words: “I have told relevant Security Agencies that I will no longer tolerate the sight of cows within the centenary city and its environs, such as the international market and new shopping mall, among others.
“It is an insult for me to be struggling to enter the Government House (my Office) with cows on the road.”
The Governor directed the State Attorney-General to get a court order to auction cows seen within the vicinity.
He also said that the State would not allow the movement of Quranic pupils, Almajiri, to the State, as the Governors of the Northern States had directed that such persons should be returned to their respective States.
“We will not allow Almajiris in Ebonyi, and we have to tell ourselves the truth as a people”, he said.
The Governor, however, lamented that 90 percent of the 13 confirmed Covid-19 cases are individuals who sold phone accessories in Lagos.
He noted that such individuals could still engage in such business in the State, instead of doing so outside.
Governor Umahi said that the victims were exposed to the deadly disease, while engaging in such business in Lagos, and advised the youths of the State, to embark on such businesses in the State.
Speaking further, he commended President Muhammadu Buhari and his fellow State Governors, for the manner they are handling the pandemic, urging Nigerians to continue observing laid down precautionary measures.
“When the lockdown was on, cases were recorded in trickles, but presently that it has been relaxed, cases are increasing surprisingly.
“I expect another serious lockdown, if the cases continue to increase, but it has to be with public consensus for us to defeat the monster”, he added.