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Ayade releases 50 vehicles for response to scourge in Cross River


Cross River State Commissioner for Environment, Mfon Bassey, during the enforcement of no-mask-no-movement order to contain the spread of Covid-19 in Calabar…yesterday. PHOTO: NAN 

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Cross River State Governor, Benedict Ayade yesterday released 50 vehicles for the enforcement of preventive measures to keep the state free from coronavirus as most people in the state comply with the wearing of face mask order.

Ayade, who promised to make 20 vehicles available to the COVID-19 task force, increased the number by 30 additional vans bringing the number to 50 and went round Calabar to monitor enforcement of the no mask, no movement order.

He stressed that since there would be life after the coronavirus pandemic, it was important that government protected not just lives, but also livelihoods.


He said this explains the continuing commercial and business activities in the state and since the state was free of coronavirus, the government decided to shut its borders with neighboring states and Cameroon Republic, while allowing economic activities to go on within the state.

Ayade said, “Protecting lives without protecting livelihoods of Nigerians will spell doom for the nation after COVID-19, as hunger will be the next deadly virus, adding that his administration was determined to protect the lives and livelihoods of Cross River people in the face of COVID-19, which was why businesses were still thriving in the state.

In a related development, the Ini Ememobong Foundation has commissioned health team to fumigate major markets and abattoirs in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

The markets to be covered in the first batch of intervention are the Akpan Andem and Itam Markets, as well as the Central Abattoir Livestock Market at Itam.

Chairman of the Foundation, Ulap Bassey Essang, briefed the market operators so as to allay the fears of market users on the proposed fumigation before commencement, saying this was the moment that fumigation effort became imperative to check the spread of the virus.


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