The Inspector General of Police, C. Clearance Massaquoi, has promised entertainment centers and other local businesses that the Liberia National Police will begin shortly to enforce the 6:00 p.m. restriction on these business entities in the country.
The Police IG made the assertion recently at the launch of a 60-day Check-Point Feeding Initiative which was initiated by a Liberian owned catering firm, called Bam Caterers.
According to Col. Massaquoi, these business houses, especially entertainment centers and video clubs, should be shut down by 6:00 p.m. in order to avoid the crowdedness, because health workers keep saying Ebola can be contracted through physical contact of the human body.
“We are warning these entertainment and video club operators in Monrovia and its environs to immediately shut down their businesses by 6:00 p.m. Failure to do so will lead us to close them down,” Col. Massaquoi declared.
The Police Boss said that the restraint placed on video clubs and entertainment centers has not been lifted, stressing that the curfew was only adjusted on the movement of people but not these business entities.
Director Massaquoi asserted that the measures are part of Government’s efforts to fight against the deadly Ebola Virus which is claiming more lives in the country.
“We will go after all of you who have chosen to violate the restriction. The LNP will not relent in shutting down video clubs and entertainment centers that are in the constant habit of violating measures intended to protect the safety of the state and its people,” Police Boss added.
IG Massaquoi used the occasion to commend the leadership and officers of BAM CATERERS for their initiative.
He underscored the need for Liberian-owned companies to contribute towards the fight against Ebola.
For her part, Madam Barbara Vah Ogunti, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of BAM Caterers, called on Liberian-own businesses to join in the fight by providing additional support to institutions that are helping to stop the further spread of the disease.
The Bam Caterers boss said the 60-day feeding initiative is intended to feed officers of various check-points during the curfew hours in the country.
“Bam Caterers take this time to identify with the Liberia National Police (LNP) as they are one of the front-liners in the fight against the Ebola Virus. For the next sixty nights BAM Caterers will provide free doughnuts, eggs, sausages, hot coffee and tea to the various check points around Monrovia,” Madam Ogunti stated.
She lauded the efforts of the leadership of the Liberia National Police and others who are fighting the virus.
Police officers are on duty at night and need to be supported in their endeavors, she said.
She called on Liberians to use II Chronicles 7:14 as a prayer point as the country seeks the face of God in the fight against the Ebola Virus.
Meanwhile, in counter reaction to Director Massaquoi’s statement, several entertainment and video club operators said they are appealing to government to shut down their business houses by 8:00 p.m. latest, because closing businesses by 6 p.m. would adversely affects them.
“Yes, Ebola is killing our people and we do agree, but our children need to eat and it is only this business that some of us are depending on,” one entertainment center owner noted.