Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State and the state Commissioner of Police, Uche Anozia, on Tuesday night, enforced the closure of the boundary between the state and Akwa Ibom State to prevent the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.
They personally took part in enforcing the government’s order preventing human and vehicular movements into the state.
Ayade and his entourage arrived the Calabar-Itu head bridge around midnight on Tuesday where they spent some hours with members of the state COVID-19 task force till Wednesday morning.
Speaking to journalists, the governor said he denied himself sleep so that the people of the state could sleep, adding that he was leading the enforcement himself to ensure that the boundary was totally locked down in line with his directive to check the spread of COVID-19 to the state.
He said there must be strict enforcement of the order because all the neighbouring states had recorded incidences of coronavirus infections.
“We will know no sleep so that our people can sleep. It is for the sake of their security and safety that we are all out here,” he said.
On Wednesday morning, Ayade personally screened motorists trying to enter the state and allowed only those on essential services such as newspaper distributors to enter, while those on non-essential services were turned back.
The governor said he would conduct a similar exercise at the border between Cameroon and the state.
Also speaking, Anozia commended Ayade for the preventive measures adopted to prevent the spread of the virus in the state.