Mr Bassey Effiom, the Chairman, Greater Calabar Capital City Development Agency (GCCCDA), has commended Governor Ben Ayade and the State Ministry of Health for the measures and efforts taken so far, in fighting to stem the spread of the coronavirus known as COVID-19 in the state.
Mr Bassey Effiom, who led a team of the agency for a collaboration visit to the Commissioner for Health, Betta Edu, in Calabar, the State Capital, said he was confident that necessary things had been put in place in the state for the fight against COVID19.
Briefing the Health Commissioner, Mr Effiom said that, the visitation became necessary so as to enable the agency seek for a collaboration with the state Ministry of Health.
The Chairman who highlighted the agency’s duties, informed newsmen that the creation of the agency was geared towards expanding and decongesting Calabar metropolis and taking development to other Local Government Areas in the Southern Senatorial District.
While thanking the Health Commissioner for her relentless efforts in the fight against Coronavirus, Mr Effiom urged Dr Betta Edu to continue with her good works and selflessness geared towards the safety of all indigenes and residents of Cross River state. Adding that, she is an exemplary personality that people should emulate.
Also speaking, Kingsley Ikpeme, the Director General (DG), of the Agency, said Greater Calabar was created by the Cross River State Government, under the reign of Sir Ben Ayade led-administration as a means to cater for the growing population density of Calabar metropolis, increased housing demand and educational facilities as well as service delivery.
On her part, Dr Betta Edu, who noted that the coronavirus pandemic has made great nations look helpless, expressed worried over the decision made by the Federal Government to resume domestic flight.
Dr Betta Edu said, with the resumption of domestic flight and relaxation of interstate movement as instructed by the Federal Government, the chances of recording COVID-19 cases in the state is high.
She appealed and urged all Cross Riverians to be at alert and always observe all precautionary measures.
She decried the massive influx of people into the state over the last six days which she says is extremely overwhelming and poses very serious public health concern.
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