The Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly has called on the state government to enforce all COVID-19 protocols, following the resurgence of the pandemic in the state.
This followed a Motion brought before the House by the member representing Ibiono Ibom State Constituency, Hon. Godwin Ekpo at Plenary on Tuesday.
In his Motion, Hon. Ekpo decried what he described as ‘unenthusiastic attitude’ by the people on the compulsory use of face masks and other flagrant violations of government’s laid down COVID-19 guidelines.
With the resurgence of the pandemic, the lawmaker expressed worry that the number of active cases may overwhelm available spaces at isolation facilities, owing to poor compliance to the guidelines.
Members of the House including Hon. Anietie Eka (Uyo), Rt. Hon. Aniekan Uko (Ibesikpo Asutan), Rt. Hon. Nse Essien (ONNA), and Rt. Hon. Udo Keirian Akpan (Oruk Anam) who spoke in support of the Motion, lauded efforts by the state government at combating the spread of the pandemic.
Subsequently, the House resolved that the government should establish mobile courts across the state to prosecute defaulters.
The House also urged all security agencies in the state to effectively enforce policy directives of the state government towards containing the spread of the pandemic.
In his remarks, the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Aniekan Bassey directed the Clerk, Mrs Mandu Umoren, to communicate the resolution of the House to the appropriate quarters.
In the meantime, the House has adjourned plenary to Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 10am.