By Ita Akpan
Due to public pressure, Cross River State Governor, Prof Ben Ayade, has issued a stay-at-home order, suspended indefinitely the planned local government election slated to hold on Saturday and ordered the closure of public and private schools in the state, while civil servants to stay at home until further notice.Ayade in a press statement by his Chief Press Secretary,Christian Ita reads as follows: “In view of the reality of the Coronavirus, code name (COVID-19) pandemic, the state governor, HisExcellency, Sir Ben Ayade, has issued the following directives’’All the entry points into Cross River State (land, air and water) arehereby locked down. Access will be based on passing a thoroughscreening regime.
The LGC elections scheduled to hold on Saturday,
March 28, 2020, is suspended indefinitely. All educational institutions in the State, both public and private must shut down by tomorrow, Tuesday , March 24, 2020 until further notice. Civil servants, except those on essential services (medical personnel and revenue officers), should with immediate effect, stay away from work for an initial period of 2 weeks.
All social, cultural and religious activities are hereby suspended and
Essential activities must not have a crowd beyond 5 persons. Every tricycle (keke) and taxi can carry only one passenger at a time and must have hand sanitizers for use by their passengers.
Buses are henceforth permitted to have only two passengers on a seatwith the drivers mandated to sanitize their vehicles after every trip.
All public areas, pubs, bars and restaurants are limited to five
Customers at a time.
All transport companies must keep a travel manifest for inbound and
Out-bound passengers. They must also provide hand wash stands and hand sanitizers in their buses. Passengers are consequently encouraged to wash their hands with soap and water and sanitize them before boarding.
All Corporate and business organizations in the state must keep visitors registers as well as take the temperature checks of guests and visitors using a non-contact infra-red thermometer. Any guest with high temperature above 38 degrees Celsius must be reported immediately to the COVID-19 emergency centre.
The Commissioner for Health should immediately set up COVID-19 ad hoc monitoring unit to enforce compliance to all preventive measures as highlighted.
The Governor urges absolute compliance from our people with the above guidelines for our common safety, even as government ramps up efforts to ensure the state remains safe and COVID-19 free.
The Chairman of Cross River State Electoral Commission (CROSIEC) Mike Ushie in a statement frown at the postponement but however said it was for the good of the State.