By: PATRICK TITUS, Uyo
The Akwa Ibom State has directed civil servants in the state to stay at home for a week from Monday next week.
The directive came following a critical analysis of the situation relating to COVID-19 situation.
Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem in a release dated Thursday, March 26, 2020 said that the directive came from the state governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel who also directed that the stay-at-home order be strongly enforced to ensure compliance.
Accordingly, he said salaries of workers should be paid immediately to enable them to prepare to stop work from Monday, March 30, 2020.
The release also announced that all borders and roads leading in and out of the state should be closed with immediate effect; except for the transportation of food items.
Ibom Air will suspend all flight operations from Sunday, 29 March, 2020 but Markets are to remain open for sale of foodstuff and essential items only.
Residents and citizens are strongly advised to apply all the preventive measures earlier announced, while all Churches are strongly requested to fast and pray for God’s mercies on Sunday 29 March, 2020.
While the one week stay-at-home order subsists, the Akwa Ibom State Government will continue to monitor and provide regular updates on any development in the COVID-19 situation in our state
“Although there is no confirmed COVID-19 case in Akwa Ibom State, we abide by the ancient adage that “prevention is better than cure”, the release added.
It also enjoined all residents and citizens; including professional bodies, to desists from creating unnecessary panic within the state by propagating unverified news, whipping up selfish and myopic sentiments and fanning the embers of discord for pecuniary/or political gains.