Special Adviser to the Governor on Diaspora, Hon. Cllr. Celia Osakwe-Hibbert has called on Ndi Imo to show support to the Imo state government on the safeguarding of businesses and livelihood through the COVID-19 outbreak.
Cllr Osakwe Hibbert while talking to journalists in Owerri, the state’s capital quoted that working together will be in the best interest of the state right now.
The diasporan committee has already keyed into the new agenda of the present administration.
In her words:
“I think a lot has to do with how the state’s Government has positioned the Diasporan office, he has made it an open-door policy for anyone who feels he has a bright idea to come in and discuss, problems, ideas, ways and strategies to move the state ahead.”
“We will be working together because this government is a government of collaboration irrespective of political affiliations, place of origin, and averse groups. We just want the state to move ahead and that is what the Governor is talking about.”
“No matter who it is, you can put any animosities or bad feelings behind you and help us fix the state.”
Also reacting to the recent repatriation of some stranded Nigerians by the Federal government of Nigeria, Cllr Hibbert Osakwe said that the Imo state government was yet to get the exact figures for the Imo state indigenes among the repatriated individuals.
In her words:
“The figures are still with the Foreign affairs ministry in Abuja, we are yet to get our own exact figures.”
“The Federal Government has very stringent rules that whenever people are repatriated from other countries, they are put into a compulsory 14 days isolation where they are routinely tested for the virus.”
“Nigeria is one of the safest countries to live in right now as regards the COVID-19 virus. We understand the fears, but the fears are being taken care of.”
“Our borders are shut, before people come into the state they are checked and the government is making sure that they have checked into hotels for the compulsory 14 days isolation.”
“The governor is working day in day out to make sure all his wards are taken care of.”
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