By Emeke Alexander

With the rising cases of the coronavirus in some states of Nigeria particularly in the northern part, the Delta State government has step-up efforts to ensure the boundaries in the state are strictly monitored.

To this end, the State government on Tuesday in furtherance of its determination to enforce the interstate boundary lockdown, constituted a COVID-19 Boundary Enforcement Taskforce to monitor compliance to its directives.

The State Commissioner for Environment, Mr. Chris Onogba, on Friday led the taskforce team for the Ologbo/Oghara boundary which is the boundary between Delta and Edo to enforce strict compliance to the government directive.

During the enforcement, only vehicles carrying essential goods were allowed to come in or go out of the state after the drivers and other occupants have been thoroughly screened.

Onogba who heads the taskforce for the Ethiope West Local Government Area boundaries also visited Jesse/Benin boundary.

The Secretary to the Delta State Government Mr. Chiedu Ebie while inaugurating the taskforce at Asaba, charged them to work closely with the Chairmen of the affected Local Government Areas to ensure success.

Mr Ebi noted that the task force would be broken down into thirteen (13) teams to monitor the thirteen (13) boundary locations within the State, with coordinators and supervisors to manage the activities of each team.