GOVERNOR Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State has disclosed that his government has installed 3G cameras altogether the busy borders so as to effectively monitor every movement into the state.
Emmanuel made the disclosure Saturday evening during a live Radio and tv programme aired on Akwa Ibom Broadcasting Corporation, (AKBC) while responding to an issue on what government is doing to see the recent relocation of Almajiri’s from the North to Niger Delta region.
He explained that the installation of the 3G Cameras which also are reflected on the I-PADS, phones of each stakeholder involved within the fight against COVID-19 also because the Covid-19 situation room has been yielding result.
He, therefore, allayed the people’s fear over widespread speculation within the state last week that a truck had brought in illegal persons from the North into Eket local government.
His words, “There was a trailer that brought goats and cows to Eket local government area and once we checked the trailer there have been only thirteen (13) occupants. And as soon as they off-loaded the goats and cows the thirteen passengers were moved back within the trailer and physically escorted out of Akwa Ibom state by security agents.
“There is not any inter-state travelling across the country now, so people must obey that. So i would like to reassure you that our people are well protected. If you attend our borders just like the Itu bridge, you’ll see a 3G camera installed there.
“We even have the cameras altogether the busy borders like Ikot Abasi, Ikot Ekpene. We don’t show pride in noise making. People have different sorts of working. the very fact that you simply don’t see me hop on heavy-duty vehicles, doesn’t mean we aren’t doing our greatest .
“Trust us, we’ve secured our borders and that i am happy that we are becoming the results we would like . So at this point maintain your faith, don’t fear”
The governor who appreciated the sacrifices of all doctors and experts towards the management of the coronavirus situation lamented the long hours a number of them had to visit do testing of suspected cases because the federal has not found out any testing centres in any of the six south-south states.
He explained that the governors of the region are however looking forward to the promise of the federal to repair the testing centre in Rivers State.
“The federal government is meant to truly help us. With the assistance they’re getting from the United Nations and therefore the European Union , they’re alleged to help the states with a minimum of one testing centre.
” within the whole of this region, comprising Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Rivers, Bayelsa, Delta, Edo, federal has not found out even one testing centre.
“The one we wont to have in Port-Harcourt has been down and therefore the federal promised us since last week that they’re getting to bring it up in order that we will be going there for testing. As i’m lecture you, we drive seven and half hours to Irua to try to to testing”
Emmanuel noted that the pandemic has even caused the demand for the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing machine to be high across the world , adding that though his government had booked and purchased the machine since March this year, it’s still expecting its turn.
He appealed to the citizens to assist scream to the federal that the region deserves to possess testing centres found out for them, adding that the government couldn’t found out a testing centre now because the COVID-19 pandemic took everybody unawares.
He also reiterated that he has not received any support from the federal , adding that, “the only thing we’ve received which is clearly written on the letter they sent to us is Rice seized by Customs”
“We had to send the luggage of rice for scientific analysis to understand whether it’s good for consumption or not. So as i’m talking with you, i’m yet to receive one naira from the federal government”, he noted.
He further disclosed that since the state found out its case management team, it’s recorded one hundred pc recovery of all patients that tested positive.
The governor explained that the 2 people that died of COVID-19 within the state were already unconscious and in bad shape before being brought for testing and treatment.
“We are very aggressive in battling the COVID-19, that’s why we were scored 99percent in touch tracing. It also shows that we live no stone unturned within the fight, regardless of how people want to seem at it”, he noted
He urged the citizens and residents to obey all the procedures, guidelines put in situ and frowned at a situation where people share mask .
“Where people attempt to share mask is risky. it’s the simplest means to transfer the virus from one person to a different . Social distancing should even be observed
“The personal hygiene guideline can never be compromised; wearing of mask is compulsory and if we discover you outside without a mask we’ll arrest you”, Emmanuel warned.