Cross River State Governor Ben Ayade has given reasons why the state has not recorded any case of COVID-19.
Speaking during a Channels TV programme on Thursday, Ayade said his government responded quickly to the pandemic by closing its borders, closing airways, and declaring ‘No Mask No Movement.’
Ayade noted that he spends nights at the state’s borders to prevent an index case of COVID-19. The governor added that the strategy deployed by the state government has been deliberate and this obviously has worked for them.
“As soon as we started reading in the papers and watching on Television the impact of the pandemic globally, what we did as a state was to quickly respond to it by blocking our state against the virus. We locked our borders immediately and commenced ‘No Mask No Movement’. We were proactive and we have continued to sustain that.
“Also, because we share borders with Cameroon, we ordered over 100 brand new vehicles. Policed all our borders, between Nigeria and Cameroon, including the legal and illegal. We ensured that we blocked all access to other states. We closed our airways.
“I lead from the front, I personally spent the night at the borders, keeping vigil to ensure that entry and exit points are safe. Our borders and being manned by senior security operatives to ensure there is no compromise at that point,” he explained.
Cross River and Kogi State have remained the only states in Nigeria yet to record any case of the COVID-19 virus.