No fewer than 11 trucks conveying Almajiri’s into Cross River State have been intercepted at the Gakem-Benue border in Bekwarra Local Government Area of the state.
Cross River Government in collaboration with Peace Corps Nigeria intercepted and sent back the 11 trucks carrying Quoranic education pupils “Almajiri” at the Gakem-Benue border in the state.
Head of the taskforce team at the border, Mr Omang-Idiege, told Vanguard on telephone, yesterday that the trucks were turned back at Gakem-Benue border for carrying large numbers of Almajiri against the inter-state lockdown order of the Federal Government.
Idiege, who is the state Commissioner for Youth Development and Skill Acquisition said the 11 trucks were sent back to their places of origin between May 4 to 17, adding that the taskforce had continued to maintain a steady presence at the border.
Idiege said it was the desire of Governor Ben Ayade, to ensure that the state remain Covid-19 free, hence the effective border surveillance.
“President Mohammadu Buhari had announced an interstate lockdown of persons not on essential duties, I wonder why we keep being confronted with trucks at the Gakem-Benue border conveying Almajirai.More in Home
“We will not succumb to any form of challenge or gratification to allow any passenger vehicle or truck conveying Almajirai entrance into the state,” he said.
He commended Ayade for his enforcement strategies and directives that have kept the state Covid-19 free since the outbreak of the pandemic in Nigeria.
On his part, Commandant of Peace Corps Nigeria, Dr Dominic Okweche, said that the Corps was driven by passion to protect Cross River borders against the Covid-19 pandemic.
Okweche said that he has deployed over 100 Peace Corps personnel across the state since the Covid-19 taskforce was inaugurated.
3 of 14 recent quarantined oil workers tested
Meanwhile, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, yesterday, reiterated the threat oil workers pose to the fight against Covid-19 in the state with disclosure that three out of the 14 quarantined oil workers tested positive for the virus among recent cases.
Wike, sharing the concern to a delegation of Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited, which visited him at Government House, Port Harcourt, estimated that 60 percent of Coronavirus cases recorded in the state was from oil workers returning from rig duties.
He said, “It’s not in anybody’s interest to deny people discharge of their official duties. Oil is main stay of the economy of Nigeria and without it, we in this part of the country will find it difficult to function.
“My concern is that companies should always notify government of workers they are bringing into the state, so that our health officials can monitor them. So all that we are saying is that we should work together. But people bring in politics that Rivers State is difficult, they don’t want any oil exploration that is because people want to play politics.
“People say we don’t want foodstuff and livestock to come into the state. That is not correct. What we are saying is that human beings should not be hidden with these items.”
Delta records sixth death
Delta State, yesterday recorded another Covid-19 death, bringing the number of deaths resulting from the deadly virus in the state to six.
State Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu confirmed the death in his verified WhatsApp page.
According to him, the number of cases in the state is now 28, adding that the number of active cases were now 10 and discharged cases 12.
It was gathered that the death case, which was recorded in the early hours of Wednesday, died at the Warri Central hospital.