By Ifeoma Ezenyilimba
The total lockdown directive issued by the Anambra State Government in the state, on April 13, recorded high compliance in various parts of the state.
The 14-day total lockdown as announced by the State Governor, Willie Obiano, which took effect on April 11, 2020, was to stop the spread of the coronavirus, otherwise known as COVID-19, following a suspected first case of conoravirus patient in the state.
Fides monitoring of the lockdown in Okpuno, Awka South LGA, showed a high compliance rate as the roads were almost deserted.
A visit to Goodwill Junction, Okpuno, showed that the ever busy junction was deserted. No single seller was seen at the junction that was always filled with foodstuff sellers and those selling provisions, tools and general goods. Even the Keke Park at the same Goodwill Junction was also deserted.
Except for few Keke operators, who defied the order, and were seen looking for passengers along the Retreat and Pastoral Centre- Goodwill Junction Road, Nodu Market-Goodwill Junction Road and Old INEC-Goodwill-Isuanaocha Road, the roads were almost deserted.
Findings also revealed that many shops along the roads mentioned, were also under lock and key.
Fides’ similar monitoring from the Goodwill Junction to Orimiri Plaza, Ezinifite, Okpuno, also revealed that the shops were all locked.
Motorists who tried to access the major roads tof the state, were turned back due to road blocks. A resident of Okpuno (names withheld) who wanted to get to Ifebi Hospital, Awka over health needs, turned back due to road blocks at Akwata Junction by the Onitsha-Enugu ExpressWay.
Similarly, motorists that wanted to travel from places like Umunze, Orumba South LGA and Umuoji, Idemili South LGA, to Awka, yesterday, April 12, could not, due to the total lockdown.
However, few individuals were seen walking around the Onitsha-Enugu Expressway of Awka.