Cross River State governor, Ben Ayade, has declared a total lockdown in the state, as part of measures to contain the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country.
The governor made the declaration in a statement on Monday by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Christian Ita. “All the entry points into Cross River State (land, air, and water) are hereby locked down. Access will be based on passing a thorough screening regime,” the statement said. He also ordered the indefinite suspension of the Local Government Council elections scheduled to hold on Saturday in the state.
Governor Ayade directed that all educational institutions in the state – both public and private must shut down from Tuesday until further notice. He ordered all civil servants, except those on essential services such as medical personnel and revenue officers, to stay away from work for an initial period of two weeks, with immediate effect.