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Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem, Secretary to Akwa Ibom State Government.

Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem, chairman, Incident Management Committee on COVID-19, Akwa Ibom state.

The Incident Management Committee on COVID-19 in Akwa Ibom state says the state government has not received any palliative yet from the federal government.

Chairman of the committee and Secretary to Akwa Ibom state government, Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem, said the state is hopeful to receive necessary support from the federal government as given to other states to help it combat the spread of the Coronavirus.

The federal government gave N10 billion grant to Lagos state government to help the state address the emergency needs created by the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Recently, Rivers state governor Wike blast the federal government over lopsided sharing of palliatives to states

The federation government recently expanded her social welfare register to accommodate additional one million households and had since begun cash transfers to households in some state.

Ekuwem said Akwa Ibom state is yet to receive any support despite facing similar pressure as other state that have recorded cases of Coronavirus.

“We have heard and read published reports that some funds have been released to some state governments across the nation to support them in their efforts to stem the spread of the novel Coronavirus.”

“We commend the federal government for this laudable initiative. However, Akwa Ibom state has not received any support from the federal government. We remain optimistic that soon, Akwa Ibom state will get her own share of the palliative.”

Ekuwem lauded the Akwa Ibom state Governor Mr Udom Emmanuel, for his commitment to ensuring swift response and proper management of the Coronavirus cases.

'Akwa Ibom state has not received palliative from federal government' Photo of food items donated by Akwa Ibom state government to communities in the state.

He said the governor’s commitment to winning the fight against the virus made it possible for the state to procure 13 new ventilators at Ibom Multi-Specialty Hospital, construction of a -300
bed space isolation center with a complementary quarters for medical doctors at Ituk Mbang, Uruan local government area.

Ekuwem thanked the Governor for approving palliative for over 3000 villages in the stage and special groups and lauded the people of the state for obeying government’s regulations on restriction of movement and personal hygiene.