AKWA IBOM State Governor, Udom Emmanuel has declared that he is yet to receive any financial support from the federal government regarding COVID-19 .
Reacting to rumours in the state that the federal government has been assisting Akwa Ibom, during a routine media chat to update citizens on efforts in tackling the COVID-19 scourge, the governor said it was important to clear the misconception that the state was being supported financially by federal government in this direction.
He said his government had taken care of the pandemic without the support of the federal government. “As I’m talking to you, I’m yet to receive one naira from the federal government for the fight against COVID-19. A lot of people believe we are doing all these things because the federal government has given us so much money. No, not at all. We do this because we see our responsibility to save lives and I had said that I will be at the forefront of this fight.”
He thanked Akwa Ibom people, corporate organisations and development partners that have worked with the state to salvage the situation.
“It’s been a very challenging time and as I said during the last briefing that if God does not take this away as we have prayed then we must find a way to survive.
“Let me appreciate all our health workers, security agents, Christian Association of Nigeria, political and other stakeholders and all our citizens who have shown understanding and cooperation within this period. I appreciate those who obey the guidelines and even those who do not obey, but mainly people working in our case management centres, call centres and security agents who have done a fantastic job within this period.”
He acknowledged the support of the media in the fight and solicited continued understanding and support from citizens, even as he revealed that one of those who criticised his administration’s response to COVID-19 was unfortunately stricken by the infection and the same medical facilities and system he condemned were used to treat him.