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Sit-At-Home: Why All Southeast Governors Should Adopt Imo, Anambra Government’s Position

A few days ago, Imo state residents woke up to realise that some of the banks in the capital city, Owerri, were shut down on the orders of the state government. 

While this was not new owing to the recent sit-at-home order by the outlawed indigenous people of Biafra, IPOB, what made this scenario different was that it was the state government that was enforcing this particular shutdown.

According to Sahara reporters, about 8 banks were affected as impatient residents lined the bank premises waiting for the finance houses to commence operations and attend to them.

It was later reported that the banks were shut down as they had obeyed the sit-at-home order and had failed to open for business the previous day which was a Monday.

Some people had hailed the governor’s move saying it is the best way to handle the issue in the region.

Recall the outlawed IPOB had issued a sit-at-home order in the region which has been complied with for some time now. The downturn of this order is that the economic activities of the region are in a downward spiral.

A painful incident also happened in Nsukka, Enugu state where a trailer load of motorcycles and spare parts was razed by these hoodlums.

The worth of the goods in that trailer runs into millions and that can be said to be a very painful loss to whoever owns those goods.

The Imo state Governor, Hope Uzodinma had taken a drastic measure to save the economy of Imo state by that singular action and it is a very good development seeing other state governors going that way.

Just today, the 11th of September, news has filtered in that the Anambra governor has given an ultimatum to all banks, traders and transporters demanding that they commence complete and uninterrupted economic activities from Monday, the 13th of September 2021.

The state governor, Obiano noted that no government would fold its arm and watch while its residents grapple with a dangerous cycle of violence brewing in the state.

The statement also noted that economic activities have been grounded while school pupils had missed their terminal examinations.

The Ebonyi state governor, Dave Umahi had earlier issued a threat to Ebonyi state workers adding that any civil servant who refused to show up at work would be fired. The governor made this declaration last month, August.

He had threatened to sack any worker who absented himself from duty because of the sit-at-home order.

The governor had noted that the order had cost the region a lot as the inspection of the Ebonyi airport was delayed as officials from the capital, Abuja would not fly into the region for fear of attacks by the outlawed IPOB.

The 5 eastern states are well known as ‘civil servant’ states as most of the residents are either government workers or traders.

The Economy of the region moves only when there is a transfer of business products and when this is grounded, there is every need to be afraid

The Government of Enugu and Abia state are yet to issue a statement requesting their workers and residents to get back to work as the residents in the state are still observing the order every Monday.

The Imo, Anambra approach should be adopted by all eastern states as that will be the only way to end the embarrassing activity currently playing out in the region.

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