Governor of Cross River State, Ben Ayade, has disclosed that he had sacrificed his night rest at the state’s borders in his quest to protect his citizens from recording an index case of COVID-19.
The Governor disclosed this on Channels TV programme on Thursday, Ayade noted that his government had procured over hundred new vehicles which it deployed to the entry points to “lock our state out” against the disease.
It should be noted that only Cross River and Kogi are yet to have any case of COVID-19.
However, data from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), claimed that the state has tested just seven persons for COVID-19.
The Governor claimed that his government had responded to the pandemic at its early stage in the country by locking the state entry points. “by locking out our state against the virus” as he further added that the country maintains a mainstream structure.
He said, “So, we actually didn’t lock down, we locked out the state. We blocked our borders immediately and commenced no mask, no movement,” he said.
“By virtue of our location, we are just sharing boundary with Cameroon and it is such that it is almost impossible that we are still having COVID-19 negatives.
“What we did was we ordered over 100 branded new vehicles, policed all our borders between Nigeria and Cameroon, ensure that we block all access to other states, closed our airways,
“We have been very very deliberate. Our structure is so firm, I lead from the front. I spend the night myself personally at vigil in the various entry and exit points to demonstrate to my commissioners and special advisers; if the governor himself can stay nights at our border points, you should do so.”
Ayade further added that as he led the state’s response, its borders are being manned by “only very senior government officials to ensure there is no compromise.”