The lockdown order in Anambra State on Monday witnessed some level of compliance. Security operatives had strategic road blocks around the state but allowed only essential duty workers to cross upon presentation of identification card.
Radio Nigeria correspondent, who monitored the level of compliance reports that major markets, including Eke Awka and Nkwor Amaenyi were all locked. Most Shops on the streets were also locked in compliance while some opened for brisk business.
Tricycles and shuttle buses operated in some areas but motor parks around popular Unizik Temp site Junction did not open for business. One of the commuters told our correspondent that he entered seven different vehicles to journey from Nnewi to Awka.
In an interview, the president Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), Comrade Chikwelu Adigwe, commended the lockdown initiative, which he said was no doubt in the interest of the people. Comrade Adigwe however called for the shifting of enforcement from stoppage of vehicles to human beings, who are at risk of contracting the Coronavirus.
The Managing Director, Anambra Traffic Management Agency, Mr. Pat Obiefuna, who was among the enforcement team, with his staff, advised organisations whose personnel were on essential duties to give proper clearance to such persons for identification.
Meanwhile, the police command in the state has come up with identification tags for media professionals to enable them move freely in executing their job.