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Monday, June 15, 2020


Gov Udom Emmanuel

Following a passionate appeal made in the course of his interaction with citizens of the state on Sunday, June 14, Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State has given a cash donation of N3m to a physically challenged man.
The donation which was made on Monday, June 15, was necessitated by Mr. Anietie’s plight which he narrated to the State Governor when he called during the live interactive media chat organised by the state-owned radio and tv stations, Akwa Ibom State Broadcasting corporation (AKBC).

According to Anietie who called in from Ikot Ebre in Ibeskpo Asutan Local Government Area, he needed funds to buy a generating set to boost his provision shop which he said had been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. He had also pleaded to be considered in view of his disability and family responsibilities.

Governor Udom Emmanuel has in recent times been engaging with citizens of the state to respond to issues, give clarity and updates on developments occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic and its subsequent effect on the economy.

On the Sunday, June 14 edition of his live chat, Governor Emmanuel had announced that the newly constructed and commissioned Isolation Centre was open to Virologists desirous of making researches. He informed that Professors of Virology were already working there and called on others to take advantage of the privilege.

Speaking on the compliance to the guidelines for reopening of churches by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), the State Governor advised churches who are not ready to comply, to remain closed. He stressed that guidelines were attempts at curtailing the spread of the pandemic and should be obeyed to the latter.

On reopening of Schools, Governor Emmanuel expressed concern for students and pupils who have not been able to take part in the radio school programme.
“The very reason we couldn't do other ICT methodology in getting across to the students is because we discovered that not all parents have what it takes to have the necessary appliances needed to partake in the process".

“I can't allow our children to stay out of school for such a long time…I want our medical team to localize a solution on how we can open up schools…once we are able to come out with a Local solution to this pandemic, we'll open up schools because I'm more concerned about the education of our children”, he said.

He maintained that curfew in the State is from 8pm-6am. “Once we see you outside by that time, we will treat you like a criminal. We have the longest shoreline in the country and our security measure is peculiar to our security equipment", he warned. 

While restating that the Livestock markets are to remained closed up until further notice, the State Chief Executive informed that “the remaining rice that are good for consumption will be distributed to all the local government in the state".

He thanked the citizens for their support for his activities from the onset and especially in the period of the pandemic and said that the fight against COVID-19 has yielded positive so far.
“We really want to say here that in as much as the corona virus pandemic is concerned, we'll do our best to fight it while leaving the rest to God. We have been very efficient in the people we test, and our testings are strictly in line with the procedures of NCDC because of limited test kits.

Within the week, we had 3 new cases which now brings the total number of confirmed cases in our State to 48”, he said.

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