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Cleric Backs Ayade Over COVID-19 Response

By Francis Ogar, Calabar

The Founder of Christian Central Chapel International (CCCI) Calabar, Bishop Dr.

Emma Isong, has described as very unfortunate, the remark credited to a renowned Columnists in the media recently that the governor of Cross River State, Prof. Ben Ayade has no teeth to bite and the capacity to contribute to the fight against the ravaging hydra-headed monster COVID-19.

He also applauded both the Federal and state government for the shut-down and lock-out strategies employed in the country as one of the important ways of preventing the Coronavirus Pandemic in the country.

Dr Isong who is also the National Publicity Secretary of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), spoke in Calabar with DAILY ASSET frowned at the ineffectiveness of the regime of palliatives announced by the Federal Government to cushion the effects of COVID-19.

He said however, that the government deserved commendation over the response strategies to curb the spread of COVID-19.

“I think the Federal Government needs to be commended. Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) is doing a good job. At a time like this, what the society needs most is information on the pandemic. We are very well informed with the updates and situation reports across the globe. There is high level sensitization and advocacy in remote villages. People do not stay outside like before to socialize so, we must commend the Federal government,” he stated.

Bishop Isong suggested a review of the palliatives policy and suggested that the palliatives funds should be shared to all Nigerians.

The National Publicity Secretary of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) also faulted a newspaper columnist, who recently commented that Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State has nothing on ground to show for the support to fight COVID-19 infection in the state.

He explained that the remarks were unfair, unjust and more so did not reflect the reality of Ayade’s performance in the state.

“He is fighting a Governor who is the originator and author of no Mask, no movement; Fighting a governor who is the first in the country to provide facilities such as Face Mask and Nose from the state government – owned garment factory to fight COVID-19 and to prevent the spread of the infection.

“He is also fighting a governor who went around in the state with his wife to distribute palliative food items to the vulnerable in the society. A governor who provided employment to 1000 residents at N30,000 each to fight COVID-19 and the governor who has no Corona virus in his state as of now”he stressed.

The Cleric advised the columnist and others like him to desist from playing politics with the pandemics as that would impede the progress being made in the fight against the pandemic.

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