Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River state has extended by one week the stay-at-home’ order issued two weeks ago to civil servants in the state, and has therefore directed civil servants not to bother resuming at their duty posts on Tuesday, April 7, the initial resumption date.
A press release signed by Special Adviser, Media and Publicity to Governor, Mr Christian Ita, said the decision was to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to Cross River and to show the governor’s commitment to the global fight against coronavirus.
“As the initial two weeks stay at home order issued to civil servants in the state expires tomorrow, the state governor, His Excellency, Sir Ben Ayade has extended it by one week.
“The extension is in furtherance of His Excellency’s determination to ensure that Cross Riverians stay safe from the global pandemic. Government’s concerted effort to prevent the spread of COVID 19 to Cross River is also fully on course.
“By this development, civil servants in the state are directed to stay away from work for a further week except those on essential services (medical personnel, paramilitary and revenue officers).
“Governor Ayade, therefore, appeals to all Cross Riverians to continue to adopt and adhere to all the preventive measures already put in place in the state,” the statement said.
However, the ‘no mask, no movement’ campaign which kicked off on Monday recorded partial compliance as law enforcement agencies conscripted into the campaign only concentrated on checking whether or not motorists and their passengers comply.
Hundreds of people were seen on the streets of Calabar, the state capital, walking to their respective places of businesses and destinations without the said face/nose masks. At the popular Watt market where our reporter visited, very few traders were seen wearing the masks.