- Ayade has revealed why Cross River is coronavirus free
- According to the governor, the state took extra measures in not allowing the virus to be imported into the state
- Going further, the governor said he personally kept vigil at the border to ensure the entry points are closed
Governor Ben Ayade has enumerated some of the strategies used to ensure that Cross River state did not record any case of COVID-19.
The governor disclosed this in an interview on Channels TV. According to him, the state responded quickly to the pandemic by shutting its borders, closing airways and declaring ‘No Mask No Movement.’
“As soon as we started reading in the papers and watching on Television the impact of the pandemic globally, what we did as a state was to quickly respond to it by blocking our state against the virus. We locked our borders immediately and commenced ‘No Mask No Movement’. We were proactive and we have continued to sustain that.
“Also, because we share borders with Cameroon, we ordered over 100 brand new vehicles. Policed all our borders, between Nigeria and Cameroon, including the legal and illegal. We ensured that we blocked all access to other states. We closed our airways.
“I lead from the front, I personally spent the night at the borders, keeping vigil to ensure that entry and exit points are safe. Our borders and being manned by senior security operatives to ensure there is no compromise at that point,” he explained.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the governor's spokesperson, Ita, has disclosed that 35 American oil workers were denied entry into Cross River state on Monday, March 30.
Ita in a statement on Tuesday, March 31, said the governor outrightly refused to allow the Americans in the state in compliance with his restriction of entry to the state by air, land and sea.
The spokesperson said the Ben Ayade administration would not compromise the safety of its citizens, no matter how tempting the prospects.
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The flight conveying the Americans was scheduled to land in the state but the governor insisted that the Americans must be tested either in Abuja or Lagos before they are allowed entrance into the state.
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