The Executive Governor Cross River State, Ben Ayade has stated that he has no power over boundaries in the State as the federal government give directives to the reopening of boundaries in Nigeria.

Ayade revealed this in a cocktail party preppared for COVID-19 group members, members of the state executive council and other government officials in the state to mark the free status of Cross River COVID 19.

The Gocernor stated tgat the state no longer has power over its boundaries and has released to the supremacy of the Federal Government and opened up boundaries.

He said further that he has nothing to benefit by putting cases of the virus in the state under the carpet however stated that if anyone infected with the virus and keep mute, then there will be mass death in the state.

Governor Ayade said he salute the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) who with all the internet challenges from negative nigerians were conscious that without a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test, you could not identify positive result, in addition that it was why no case had been announced in Cross River.

We were the first to lockdown our borders as a state and also, Cross River is the number one state that invested over 100 vehicles for effective tidings up the boundaries and even gone far beyond securing the boundaries to the manufacturing of face masks, shields and other Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs)

“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, Cross River has been handed over to the Federal Government; all our borders are now open, following the lifting of the ban on inter-state movement by the Federal Government.

“Cross River that is COVID-19 free will have an avalanche of cases, I see it coming, therefore, with this message, it means our response team will be back on the road because as long as our borders are open, our eyes will be open.

“So, as a resident of the state, if you think by easing down, you are now safer, no, now you are more in danger, this is the time for you to commence a personal lockdown,” he said.

However, Governor Ayade appreciate the Federal Ministry of Health and NCDC for being a great role model, playing a professional and technical role and giving a world-class measures to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Country.

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