Cross River State government has taken a proper measure of tackling the coronavirus before it gets into its state by closing borders in every angle in his state. Governor Nyesom announced in a statewide broadcast that the routes like; air, sea, and land that leads to River state will be blocked starting on Thursday which is the 26th of March at 6 AM.
The measure is taken to protect the residence and the indigenes of the state will be active till further notice, and the government of the Rivers state has also announced just like the government of Lagos the ban of the gathering of people in any form, be it religion, school, cinema, weddings, night clubs, and other activities that might bring together a group of people.
The state which is close to being as civilized and developed as Lagos has not recorded any case of the pandemic disease since it entered the country, he said;
“But for the vigilance of security agents who, acting on a tip- off prevented an infected person from boarding a flight from Abuja to Port Harcourt.
“The infected person beat all security measures that were put in place at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja and Abuja and was to sneak into Port Harcourt before security agents stopped her.
“Based on this alarming Information, the State Security Council met yesterday and reviewed measures already put in place and decided that there was urgent need to adopt stringent measures to protect those living and doing business in the state from the virus.
The council has therefore taken the following painful decisions: With effect from 6pm on Thursday, March 26, 2020 , the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa will not be open to air traffic. While we may not have the right to stop flights from entering Port Harcourt, we cannot allow anybody coming from the airport to enter our State. We are confident that the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and other federal agencies will cooperate with us.
All Land and Sea Borders will be closed.
Vehicular movements in an out of the state have been banned. In essence no vehicle will leave Rivers State for any other State and no vehicle will be allowed to enter the state.
Let me reiterate that the situation we are facing requires drastic measures because coronavirus has ravaged many countries.”