The Cross River State Government has promised to support Bauchi State with personal protective equipment in it’s fight to combat the spread of COVID-19.
Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State, southern Nigeria made the remark during a chat with newsmen in Calabar, the Cross River capital city.
Ayade, who extended a hand of fellowship to his colleague and friend, Governor Bala Mohammed sympathized with him over the growing number of COVID-19 cases in Bauchi.
Speaking through Dr. Betta Edu, the chairman of the Cross River COVID-19 Response Task force, Governor Ayade said,
“We understand the pressure on the Bauchi State governor, Bala Mohammed. It is not easy to have the highest number of Coronavirus cases in Nigeria’s north-east”.
“I have to reiterate that there is no case of COVID-19 in Cross River State. Cross River stands with Bauchi and just like we supported other states. We are ready to support the government and people with Personal Protective Equipment like face masks and shield as well as the overalls produced at the garment factory,” said Ayade.
On the number of COVID-19 sample test done in Cross River, the governor disclosed “we have tested 36 persons so far, while 530 people have been screened. We are still going on with the screening and like I said earlier, we have not recorded a case of COVID-19 yet”.
“We have still not opened our interstate boundaries. If you recall, our boundaries have been shutdown since January and we had taken steps to enforce the protocols of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC,” Ayade stressed.
The Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, at a recent press briefing in his state had accused the administration of Governor Ben Ayade of making false claims that Cross River State was COVID-19 free when 15 cases of COVID-19 in his state were from infection-free Calabar”.
Source: Voice of Nigeria