Gov. Ben Ayade revealed this while he briefed journalists and members of the state COVID-19 Response Team at the Government House, Calabar today.
According to him, he has nothing to gain if he hides cases of infections in Cross Rivers, so everyone has to take his word for it.
He added that if the virus exists and he pretends that it doesn’t, it will only end in mass deaths in Cross River State.
His words, “If you have the virus and pretend not to have it, you will only have mass deaths in your state.”
“As a state, we were the first to lockdown our boundaries. Records have it that Cross River is the only state that invested over 100 vehicles for effective manning of its boundaries and we even went beyond that by producing facemasks, shields and other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
“So for some people to doubt the credibility of our COVID-19 free status is to imply that all the efforts of the state were not noticed.
“At this point, the state has been handed over to the Federal Government; all our boundaries are now opened, following the lifting of the ban on inter-state movement by the federal government.
“Residents of the state must know that we no longer have control over our boundaries, we have surrendered to the supremacy of the federal government and opened our boundaries.”
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