- Governor Udom Emmanuel says he is yet to receive any financial support from the federal government regarding COVID-19
- The governor was reacting to rumours in the state that the federal government has been assisting Akwa Ibom
- The governor made this known during a routine media chat to update citizens on efforts in tackling the COVID-19 scourge
Governor Udom Emmanuel has again reiterated that the Akwa Ibom state government has not received any financial assistance from the federal government in the fight against COVID-19.
The governor made this known during a routine media chat to update citizens on efforts of the state government in tackling the COVID-19 scourge.
According to him, it was important to clear the misconception that the state was being supported financially by federal government in this direction.
His words: “As I'm talking to you, I'm yet to receive one naira from the federal government for the fight against Covid-19. A lot of people believe we are doing all these things because the federal government has given us so much money. No, not at all.
“We do this because we see our responsibility to save lives and I had said that I will be at the forefront of this fight.”
Governor Emmanuel used the opportunity to thank Akwa Ibom people, corporate organizations and development partners that have worked with the state to salvage the situation.
“It's been a very challenging time and as I said during the last briefing that if God does not take this away as we have prayed then we must find a way to survive".
“Let me appreciate all our health workers, security agents, Christian Association of Nigeria, political and other stakeholders and all our citizens who have shown understanding and cooperation within this period.
“I appreciate those who obey the guidelines and even those who do not obey, but mainly people working in our case management centres, call centres and security agents who have done a fantastic job within this period,” he added.
While acknowledging the support of the media in the fight and soliciting continued understanding and support from citizens, he revealed that one of those who criticized his administration's response to Covid-19 was unfortunately stricken by the infection and the same medical facilities and system he condemned were used to treat him.
Meanwhile, the director-general of the Nigerian Center for Disease Control, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, has adjudged the Emergency Operating Center in Akwa Ibom state as the best in the country.
Dr Ihekweazu and officials of World Health Organisation (WHO), who were in the state on a working tour of health facilities over the weekend, commended the Akwa Ibom state government for its investment in healthcare and building institutional capacity to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
He expressed satisfaction over the facilities and quality of personnel available in the state and assured that the federal government and the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 will be pleased to deepen collaborations with the state.
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