A socio-political group, the One Nigeria Movement (ONM), has advised the Cross River State Government, through its Epidemiologist, to focus more on concrete steps towards fighting the Coronavirus pandemic rather than using the global health crisis for grandstanding and other theatrics.
The group described comment by Governor Ben Ayade that he had to spend nights at the bridge linking Cross River State with Akwa Ibom State in order to prevent people infected with COVID-19 from neighboring states from coming to Cross River State, as ‘childish and unbecoming of a governor’ who is probably living on false belief that his State was free of Coronavirus despite not testing anyone.
According to a statement, on Tuesday, by the group’s Convener-General, Ahmed Sodiq-Mugoro and Secretary, Babatunde Aliyu, it said “the Cross River State Government should rather concentrate on putting in place necessary medical facilities as being done by the government of Akwa Ibom State.
“One of the questions to be asked is how many people the State Government has tested for Coronavirus before declaring the State free of the virus?
“Other questions are whether or not any Isolation Centre has been built in the state and what concrete facilities have been put in place to checkmate Coronavirus.
“We also challenge the State Epidemiologist to publish the number of tests that have been conducted or they should forever shut up because to us, fighting Coronavirus should not be reduced to theatrics but well – thought out approach that States like Lagos, Oyo, Ogun, Akwa Ibom and others have adopted.”
The group, which also condemned the non-adherence to social distancing in Cross River State, noted that videos of youths that gathered at the Ayade Industrial Park, in Calabar, the state capital, for employment promised by the governor was a clear signal of a disaster waiting to happen and the governor must not be seen as the one encouraging such gathering.