The governor recently banned the IPOB’s sit-at-home in the state.
The Enugu State Government has ordered all public servants and political office holders in the state to begin reporting to their places of work on Monday or face sanctions.
PREMIUM TIMES learnt that the order to the public servants and political office holders was part of Mr Mbah’s efforts to prevent them from complying with the Monday sit-at-home order usually observed in Enugu and other South-east states.
A top official of the government, who asked not to be named because he was not permitted to speak on the matter, told this newspaper on Monday that every worker in the state had been notified of the directive to report to work on Mondays.
“You know the governor has banned the sit-at-home in this state. So, there is no point allowing the workers to stay at home again on Mondays,” he said.
The Head of Service (HoS) in Enugu State, Ken Ugwu, on Friday in a circular obtained by PREMIUM TIMES, said the order to report to work on Mondays follows the cancellation of the sit-at-home in the state by Governor Mbah.
Mr Ugwu said the Monday sit-at-home “had promoted laxity, low productivity and depleted the resources” of the state.
“To this end, and to further reinforce the governor’s directive, all public/civil servants in the state are hereby directed to ensure that they report to their duty posts every work day, including Mondays, as government has put all necessary security measures in place to ensure their safety,” he said in the circular.
“Failure to adhere strictly to this directive would attract severe sanctions,” Mr Ugwu added.
The circular, addressed to key officials of the state government, also directed political officeholders, permanent secretaries and all heads of extra-ministerial departments to ensure compliance.
Sit-at-home not over in Enugu
Meanwhile, PREMIUM TIMES observed that residents of Enugu State have continued to observe the sit-at-home despite the pronouncement by Governor Mbah declaring an end to the civil action in the state.
The residents have continued to shun their businesses in compliance with the civil order declared by the separatist group.
IPOB, in August 2021, introduced a sit-at-home order every Monday across the South-east to pressure the Nigerian government to release its detained leader, Nnamdi Kanu, who is standing trial for alleged terrorism at the Federal High Court, Abuja.
The separatist group later suspended the order, in preference for it to be implemented only on days Mr Kanu appears in court.
But despite its suspension, residents of the five South-east states – Enugu, Ebonyi, Imo, Abia and Anambra — have been observing the Monday sit-at-home order, primarily out of fear.
IPOB had repeatedly disowned the Monday sit-at-home across the region, saying those who still enforce the order were criminals attempting to blackmail the separatist group.
A leader of Autopilot, a faction of the IPOB, Simon Ekpa, has continued to declare sit-at-home orders in the region despite being suspended by the IPOB faction led by Mr Kanu.
IPOB is leading the agitation for an independent state of Biafra, which it wants carved out from the South-east and some parts of south-south Nigeria.