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Cross River govt cries out over lack of fund to battle Coronavirus



The Governor Ben Ayade-led government of Cross River has lamented lack of funds to battle coronavirus pandemic in the state.

The state cried out over its lack of fund to battled the dreaded virus, also known as Covid-19, at a press conference in Calabar on Wednesday.

The Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Barr Tina Banku Agbor said at the event that the state was in urgent need of funds to battle the virus and control its spread.

The SSG said, “We require funds to urgently equip the three Isolation Centres, procure ambulances and other ancillary equipment for the centres, support the production and distribution of face masks to all the nook and crannies of the State, provide social support through conditional cash transfer and food palliatives to identified core poor and vulnerable in the State.”

Noting that the needed funds would be channeled towards effective manning of the states’ porous borders the SSG said:

“From the meagre resources of the state, an initial take-off sum of N500 million and fifty (50) branded operational vehicles were released to the task force on COVID-19 in the State.

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“Recall too that to give effect to the border closure and the No Mask, No Movement directive, the Governor recently joined the border manning team at the Itu Bridgehead and spent the entire night with the team.”

Cross River is among the state in Nigeria yet to have record of the dreaded virus.

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