Cross River warns political parties, others against big rallies
Cross River State government has advised political parties and other social gatherings to avoid organising big rallies in order to manage the spread of COVID-19.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Betta Edu, stated this yesterday in a press statement issued to newsmen in Calabar, adding that not more than hundred persons should be in a particular place at a particular time.
She said this is as a result of the directive from the federal government to ensure that all modalities are put in place to prevent the global pandemic in Nigeria.
She said all schools and institutions should be close on or before March 27.
“This is to inform the General Public that due to the directives of the Federal Government of Nigeria to ensure that all modalities are put in place to prevent/manage spread of the COVID-19 global pandemic in Nigeria, all gatherings/ events involving more than hundred (100) persons in a particular place at a particular time should be avoided. As such, political Parties should avoid big rallies while MDAs and organizations should avoid large social events.
All Public and Private Nursery, Primary, Secondary Schools and tertiary institutions are by this notice advised to close down all academic activities on or before the 27th day of March, 2020.
“This is not in any way a deliberate attempt to disrupt any important activity or inconvenience the masses but these measures are necessary to enable the Cross River State Government and the State Ministry of Health to efficiently control, prevent and manage the spread of the Corona Virus (COVID-19).”
She advised the general public not to panic but should continue to practice regular hand washing and other safety measures.
“The General Public is hereby advised to adhere strictly to this new development as the Health of all Cross Riverians remains the priority of the Government of Sen Prof Ben Ayade and the Cross River State Ministry of Health.” She directed.