- Governor Udom Emmanuel has been hailed for the way the COVID-19 pandemic was handled in Akwa Ibom
- The state's National Assembly caucus lauded the governor for providing leadership during this period
- The caucus also donated N5million to the Akwa Ibom state COVID-19 Management Committee
The Akwa Ibom state National Assembly caucus have lauded Governor Udom Emmanuel for what they termed, “providing leadership on the frontline” as the COVID-19 pandemic ravaged the country.
The lawmakers made the remark when they visited the governor over the weekend.
Speaking on behalf of the caucus, the leader of the delegation and senator representing Akwa Ibom North-West, Senator Christopher Ekpenyong, said the state representatives in the National Assembly were proud of the state governor and commended his frontline leadership fight against COVID-19 in the state.
Ekpenyong said the Akwa Ibom National Assembly caucus was delighted with the work done so far by the governor and his team.
He lauded the proactive disposition of Governor Emmanuel in healthcare delivery, adding that the governor's leadership of the state at this period is divinely arranged.
The lawmakers made a donation of N5million to the state COVID-19 Management Committee, headed by the secretary to the state government Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem to support the state government.
The caucus also embarked on a facility tour of the newly constructed 300-bed world-class isolation centre for quarantine and prevention of infectious diseases in Ituk Mbang area of the state.
Responding, the governor thanked the delegation for showing solidarity with his government.
He, however, used the opportunity to flay the attempts by certain people to take advantage of medical facilities in Akwa Ibom and invade the state with persons suspected to be infected with the novel coronavirus despite the agreement reached at the Governors’ Forum that interstate borders be closed to vehicular movements.
His words: “Intelligence revealed that the suspects, who are from distant states, had liaised with some of their collaborators within the state, who encouraged them to come into the state and take advantage of the robust healthcare system made available for COVID-19 suspects and patients.
“I even have text messages where people were trying to communicate with their colleagues here, who were encouraging them to move into the state that here people are treated better. Guess how many they were trying to bring in? About 68 of them.
“So, you can imagine if they were able to come in. So by the time the intelligence got to us, we had to take appropriate steps I had to block them. In the absence of that, I think so far, the curve has declined drastically and we give God the glory and our wonderful medical team for the great job they have done in stemming the spread of the disease.”
He assured the lawmakers that his government will continue to do more to ensure a better and more robust post-COVID economy and medicare in the state.
Meanwhile, the Akwa Ibom state government, last week, discharged five more recovered COVID-19 cases with only one positive patient remaining in the state.
This was disclosed by the Akwa Ibom commissioner for health and state COVID-19 incident manager, Dr Dominic Ukpong.
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