Akwa Ibom State government has read the riot act to defaulters of guidelines and safety protocols recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO), Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC), and State COVID-19 Incident Committee and adopted by the State COVID-19 Management Committee

Secretary to the State Government and Chairman State COVID-19 Management Committee, Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem, gave the warning on friday, while briefing Government House Correspondents after a Security Council meeting with the state COVID-19 management Committee at Government House, Uyo.

He stated that the nonchalant attitude of some persons to the guidelines and safety protocols especially wearing of facemask, social distancing and hand washing will attract severe sanctions.

“…this is a security council meeting for the management of COVID-19 in Akwa Ibom State. This is a forum to re-emphasize and state clearly once again the Riot Act over the lackadaisical attitude of some of our citizens who refuse to obey and keep the guidelines and protocols as enunciated by the COVID-19 Incident Management Team, Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) and World Health Organization (WHO).

“We will no longer tolerate attempt by the citizens not to abide by those guidelines.”

Ekuwem stated that for the transport sector, commuters, tricycle and mini bus riders are not exempted from the guidelines and maintained that inter-state movement remains banned.

“Those who ride keke, motorcycles and mini buses must wear facemask. We want to reiterate that the state government ban on borders remains in force, there is no inter-state movement except for essential services mainly foodstuff and construction materials for essential projects going on in the state and for medical reasons, Do not go towards the border with a view to plead and cross the border”, he emphasized.

The SSG frowned at non-compliance of some persons to the curfew imposed from 8pm to 6am in the state , warning that the curfew is still in force and maintained that on no account should anyone walk the street in the guise of transporting foodstuff or building material during the curfew.

Then meeting had in attendance heads of security formations and personal aides to the Governor on security matters.

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