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Omicron COVID-19 variant – Akwa Ibom’s Governor Emmanuel speaks on lockdown

Mr. Udom Emmanuel, Governor of Akwa Ibom State, has urged residents to follow basic protective procedures as the omicron variant of the coronavirus pandemic has been discovered in Nigeria, noting that Akwa Ibom State may not lockdown due to the virus.

Governor Emmanuel made the remarks in Uyo, the state capital, while accepting a donation of medical supplies from Saraya Japan, a Japanese-based company that works in collaboration with Junior Chambers International, JCI Nigeria.

303,000 units of hand sanitizers worth over N280 million were donated for distribution to state residents.

He said, “the state may not embark on another lockdown because of the emerging “Omicron” wave of the Coronavirus. it is pertinent for everyone to observe basic protective procedures against the virus and ensure a safe Yuletide.”

He, however, urged foreign companies to set up their production plants in the state so that products would be localised and boosted even as he expressed readiness to ensure the speedy acquisition of land for the building of factories.

The governor directed the Commissioner for Health, Prof Augustine Umoh, to ensure the distribution of the donated items to all government hospitals and public places across the state.

Umoh, on his part, reassured that in view of huge investments the governor has made in the health sector, the state can tackle the threatening new virus, as it were in the earlier waves.

He said though the state government is playing its part to contain the disease, the people should also play theirs by observing the precautionary measures of COVID-19.

The President of Saraya Japan, Dr. Saraya Yusuke, represented by Pascal Dike, said the company has been into health and hygiene products since the 1960s in Japan.

He said the donation was not only part of efforts by the company to show support to the government in their fight against coronavirus but to establish their presence in Nigeria.

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