Akwa Ibom State Governor Udom Emmanuel has announced the lift of ban on funeral and marriage ceremonies within the state, effective Saturday, July 4 this year.
Governor Emmanuel who announced this during a live interactive media chat however stressed that the guidelines approved by the Christian Association of Nigeria-CAN must be adhered to, adding that for elaborate outdoor funeral ceremonies, space for social distancing, provision of hand washing items with sympathizers wearing facemask and not exceeding fifty must be maintained, while indoor funerals should also observe the protocols but with thirty persons in attendance.
On reopening of schools, the Governor disclosed that arrangement has been made to decontaminate schools, and that relevant agencies are exploring conditions for possible safe resumption.
According to the Governor, the state government is more concerned with saving the lives of Akwa Ibom people than controlling the spike in number of cases and has taken responsibility to test and treat indigenes with the COVID-19 disease once the person finds his way into the state.
While stating that the twenty percent slash in salaries are for political appointees, Governor Emmanuel however stressed that the 6am to 8pm curfew remains in force and ban on livestock market operations has not been lifted.
By Jane Uwa
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