Gov Udom starts payment of salaries as Akwa Ibom workers are ordered to stay at home - COVID-19
Tiamiyu Saheed Oluwatosin
Following the Coronavirus scare, the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Emmanuel Udom has ordered the immediate payment of salaries which is to start today.
Udom said payment of workers salaries will commence today ahead of a one-week stay at-home break, concerning the COVID-19 scare.
The governor stated this through the Secretary to the State Government, Emmanuel Ekuwem.
Ekuwem also disclosed that the governor has ordered that all borders in and out of the state should be closed.
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A statement signed by the SSG reads: “Following a critical analysis of the situation relating to COVID-19 situation, I have been directed by HE the Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel to make the following announcements;
“Salaries of state government workers for the month of March will be paid today, Thursday, March 26, 2020.
“Workers are advised to prepare to stop going to work and stay at home for one (1 ) week with effect from Monday 30 March, 2020. The stay-at-home order will be strongly enforced.
“All borders and roads leading in and out of the state are closed with immediate effect; except for the transportation of food items.
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“Ibom Air will suspend all flight operations from Sunday, 29 March, 2020.
“Markets are to remain open for sale of foodstuff and essential items only.”
The governor also called on churches in the state to pray and fast concerning the disease outbreak.
”All Churches are strongly requested to fast and pray for God’s mercies on Sunday 29 March, 2020.
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“Residents and citizens are strongly advised to apply all the preventive measures earlier announced.,” the statement said.
”While the one-week stay-at-home order subsists, the state Government will continue to monitor and provide regular updates on any development in the COVID-19 situation in our state
“Although there is no confirmed COVID-19 case in Akwa Ibom State, we abide by the ancient adage that ” prevention is better than cure”.
The Governor also enjoins all residents and citizens; including professional bodies, to desists from creating unnecessary panic within the state by propagating unverified news, whipping up selfish and myopic sentiments and fanning the embers of discord for pecuniary or political gains.
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