Akwa Ibom state governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel, has said that notwithstanding the threatening wave of the new ‘Omicron’ Coronavirus variant, the state may not order for another lockdown.
Instead, he called on everyone in the state to observe basic protective procedures against the virus and ensure a safe yuletide.
The governor made the observation while receiving a donation of medical consumables from a Japanese-based organisation, Saraya Japan in collaboration with Junior Chambers International, JCI Nigeria, in support of efforts to contain the Coronavirus pandemic in the State.
The governor used the opportunity to call on foreign companies to set up their production plants in Akwa Ibom State to localise the production of medical consumables.
He said his government was ready to expedite all necessary processes for the acquisition of land and building of factories for production in the state.
Over three hundred and three thousand units of hand sanitizers, worth over two hundred and eighty million nairas (N280m), were donated for onward distribution to the citizens of the state.
He directed the commissioner for health, Prof Augustine Umoh to ensure the distribution of hand sanitizers to all government hospitals and public places across the state.
The governor thanked the organization for the donation, reaffirming his administration’s readiness for greater partnership with Saraya-Japan and JCI.
In his remarks, the state Commissioner for Health, Prof. Augustine Umoh, expressed confidence that with the huge investments made so far by Governor Emmanuel-led administration in the health sector, the state was poised to contain the threatening new outbreak, as it were in the earlier waves.
He appealed to Akwa Ibom people and residents alike to be alive to their responsibilities by taking precaution while the state government also plays its part.
Earlier, the President of Saraya Japan, Dr. Saraya Yusuke, who was represented by Pascal Dike, said the company has been into health and hygiene products since the 1960s in Japan but now has a presence in 25 countries across the globe, adding that the gesture was in line with the willingness of the company to support government effort against the pandemic as well as establish a presence in Nigeria.
The President of JCI Nigeria, Abiola Olorunnisola, also affirm their readiness to partner Akwa Ibom state government in the health sector.