The Cross River State COVID-19 Taskforce received pressmen from the Government House, Channels TV and AIT at the Gakem border.
The team were on a two days coverage of every activity going on at the border and to see the level of enforcement and compliance at the border.
The team was received by the Commissioner for Youths and Skills Acquisition, Hon Signor Omang Idiege. He thanked the team for coming all the way from calabar and for finding it necessary to visit the Gakem border to cover and observe the effective enforcement on the directives of the Governor, Sir Ben Ayade.
In his words: “I want to thank you all for coming all the way from calabar to the Gakem/Benue border and for finding it very necessary to visit the area. It has not been very easy, as truck drivers have tried in several ways to man over their way into the State but all to no avail. The security men on duty are always on their feet making sure there is no leakage in the border. We have turned back several trucks loaded with almajiris, trying to gain entrance into the State. We won’t stop the fight, we won’t sleep, we will continue making sure the border is completely shutdown as directed by the Governor, so as to prevent the virus from getting to the State.
“I also want to use this opportunity to thank our most Proactive, Visionary and Digital Governor for his effort so far in the fight against COVID-19 and for making sure that the State remains COVID-19 Free. May God continue to give him wisdom and strength to rule this State”.
The men of the press who came to ascertain the level of enforcements and compliance of the COVID-19 guidelines at the border were also to check if the use of face mask, washing of hands and other preventive measures were observed at the border.
This Pressmen also came to appreciates and ascertain how those suspected huge numbers of Almajiris or Herdsmen were apprehended and reversed back by the Active Commissioner.
The Active Commissioner had been on his feet at the border ensuring that every directives set by the Governor is adhered to. Everyone is seen on their face mask, regular washing of hands and no entry into the State through the Gakem border. He tagged it ” Operation No Entry Into The State Through The Gakem/Benue Border”. He has on several occasions apprehended and reversed huge numbers of Almajiris and suspected herdsmen trying to sneak into the State.
As at the period of filing this report, Cross River State still remains COVID-19 Free.