Governor Udom Emmanuel has stated that Akwa Ibom State Government has not received any financial assistance from federal government in the fight against Covid-19.
The governor, who made this known during a routine media chat to update citizens on efforts of state government in tackling the Covid-19 scourge, asserted that it was important to clear the misconception that the state was being supported financially by federal government in this direction.
“As I’m talking to you, I’m yet to receive one Naira from federal government for the fight against Covid-19. A lot of people believe we are doing all these things because 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”. Gov Udom stated.
He admonished citizens that despite all what his administration has done to keep the state safe, the primary responsibility to remain save doesn’t rest with the governor, healthworkersor government, but rests onindividual adult citizen of the state.
Governor Emmanuel seized the platform to thank Akwa Ibom people, corporate organizations and development partners that have worked with the state to salvage the situation, saying ” 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 centers, call centers and security agents who have done a fantastic job within this period”.
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.
“Today, if you ask him, I’m sure he will say something different. So, be rest assured that every decision taken, every guideline by this government is to protect lives and that is the primary aim. We give out these guidelines based on advise from experts
On the conduct of funerals and weddings, the governor said that his administration has made certain reviews upon the advice from experts to accommodate these very important social events.
“I gave a commitment that in my next appointment with this media chat that I will clear the air in terms of funerals. I want to say that having reviewed the situation, I want to first of all express our sympathy to those who have lost their loved ones during this period.
“I know how we celebrate death, but given the situation we are in, let’s try and adjust. For funerals, we have to come to an understanding that if you are doing funeral in an open, you will take not more than 50 people and must adhere to all CAN/AKSG guidelines.
“I’ve heard so many churches say they are not members of CAN, if you are not a member of CAN, and don’t obey government guidelines then you are not suppose to operate in Akwa Ibom because everybody must submit themselves to law and order.
“If you are doing the obsequies in church then you are not suppose to be more than 30. We’ll send out our monitoring teams to monitor this. Don’t call us bad names because you want to be above the law, nobody is above the law. For those who want to do wedding, I know there are a lot of emotions attached to these. It’s the same guideline, 50 outside and 30 inside. It’s even cost effective at this time.
The governor warned that there is need for vigilance among citizens because data of global transmission of the infection shows that there may be a second upsurge of the infection. He pleaded that government does not want anyone to be exposed to the virus, urging ” if you must go out wear a mask. If you don’t feel like wearing the mask please stay at home. A lot of people are asymptomatic and keep infecting other people without knowing.
“I wouldn’t want this to continue. We cannot share our experience in what we’ve gone through in managing this infectfion. It’s extremely expensive and then we are running out of stock of some of the drugs we are using to treat patients and we don’t know how to replenish them since they are not manufactured in Nigeria. We don’t want to get to the point where we are overwhelmed”.
He announced that government is planning on setting up support facilities at isolation centers to carter for testing blood sugar, blood pressure and other co-morbidities that would make management of Covid-19 complicated.
On the increase in number of infected cases, he explained that this is as a result of his appeal during the last media chat that any indigene of Akwa Ibom anywhere in the world that is infected should find his/her way back home for testing and proper treatment.
So, when you see the spike in number of infections don’t be frightened, our cases are still quite low compared to figures round the globe, glory to God not man. We keep thanking God for what is happening in Akwa Ibom state. People come in from neighbouring states, there was a time we checked our border control and counted over 265 vehicles that came in.
He disclosed that Akwa Ibom people from other states are coming in for treatment, saying the state will treat them because they are citizens but they shouldn’t lie about where they are coming from since this information will be useful during contact tracing.
BREAKING: Lagos Government Imposes 24hrs Curfew
Following the raging #ENDSARS protests and demonstrations, Lagos Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has declared a 24-hour curfew.
Sanwo-Olu announced this on his official Twitter handle on Tuesday.
He said: “As government who is alive to it’s responsibility and has shown commitment to the #EndSars movement,we will not watch and allow anarchy in our state.
“I therefore declare a 24 hour curfew in the state starting from 4pm today,nobody except emergency responders and essential service providers should be found on the streets.”
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Finally, Obasanjo Speaks On EndSARS Protests, Is He Right Or Wrong?
Obasanjo spoke when he visited Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ooni of Ife, at his palace in Ile-Ife, Osun state, on Monday.
He described the #EndSARS protest as the product of an extensive agitation by the Nigerian youth.
He said the youths are clamouring for a better life and there are several ways the government can show it understands their plights by making things easier for them.
“More than 65 percent of our population is under within the ages of 18 and 30; they are not only struggling to acquire education, they are also aspiring for the best that life can offer them,” Obasanjo said.
“Some of them didn’t even get educated, while those who are educated are getting frustrated because of lack of opportunities. We must realize that the lid on the boiling steam would have to be removed.
“But, I believe that there are windows of opportunity which the government can explore to show that it cares about the people’s welfare, especially the youth, as the father of the country and particularly, as the father of the youth.
“Fortunately, the president has children and he knows how youths behave. I believe that the opportunities can still be taken to let the youth know that he, as a father, understands their plight and that his government understands their plight and he is ready to make life better for them.”
On his part, Ogunwusi described the protests as a clear message by the Nigerian youths to the government, particularly on the coordinated manner in which the protests were being organised.
He urged the youths to suspend the protests and give the government the chance to fully attend to their demands.
“If you look at the #EndSARS protest, you will see that our youths have what it takes to rule the country,” he said
“Since day one, they have shown leadership, accountability, and a huge sense of responsibility which have sent a clear message to the government.
“Every day at 11:50 pm, they displayed their financial update, and to me, I’m highly amazed by their sense of accountability.
“As a youth leader myself, I am proud that we all have communicated our ideas and it is heartwarming that we have been heard.
“Dear youths, it is time to retreat so as to prevent those with ulterior motives from hijacking the peaceful message of peace.
“The whole world is aware of our peaceful conduct and we must not let some bad elements tarnish this enviable integrity.
“Once again, I wish to urge our youths to stop the protest, for now, and give peace a chance. This will prevent the government from using force.”
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