Why cross river is Coronavirus free – Governor Ayade
The Cross River State Governor, Prof Benedict Ayade, has revealed why his state has not recorded any coronavirus cases since the virus started spreading all over the world.
Just two states – Cross River and Kogi – are yet to record any cases since the virus found its way into Nigeria.
The total number of COVID-19 cases in Nigeria, according to NCDC, is 6677 as of Wednesday night.
But according to Governor Ayade, as soon as his government started seeing the impact of COVID-19 pandemic globally on television, it quickly responded by locking out the state against the virus.
Ayade made the assertions during a guest appearance on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Thursday,
He said: “As soon as we started reading in the papers and watching on television globally the impact of this pandemic, what we did as a state was to quickly respond to it by locking out our state against the virus.
“So we actually did not lockdown, we locked out the state.”
Ayade added: “We blocked our borders immediately and commenced no mass movement.
“We started right on time, we were proactive, and we continue to sustain that.”
Tola Johnson, Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Micro Small and Medium and Medium Enterprises(MSMEs), says 100,000 small businesses will get N50,000 each.
NAN reports that the gesture is part of COVID-19 economic stimulus.
The presidential aide made the announcement at the inauguration of the Implementation of Survival Fund and Guaranteed Off-Take Stimulus Schemes for MSMEs on Thursday in Abuja.
Johnson, the Project Coordinator, said that the schemes were part of the Economic Sustainability Plan drafted by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo-led committee and approved by President Muhammadu Buhari.
“The Payroll Support targets 100,000 businesses. However, the number of individuals who will benefit from this is 500,000. What the government has done is to say that there a lot of MSMEs that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.
“Afterward, there is a CAC (Corporate Affairs Commission) free registration; it is free for the MSMEs but the government is paying the CAC for this. What the government has done is to say to the CAC, you do this regularly to the MSMEs at about N12,000 or thereabout; give it to us at half price, we will give it to the MSMEs free.’’
Johnson added that under the National MSMEs Clinic, Osinbajo and the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment went to no fewer than 26 states.
He said it was discovered that very creative businesses were not registered.
“They will tell you they don’t have N10,000 to N12,000 to register their businesses. The government had promised that at some point, we will do and I think the opportunity has come now; the opportunity cannot be better than now.’’
The official also announced that under the Survival Fund, the last strap would be the Transport and Artisans Support.
At least 333,000 beneficiaries will get a one-off N30,000 grant, Johnson said.
He added that the government will work with associations, individuals and the Ministry of Transportation to implement the scheme.