Ekpenyon Ekpenyong, the Commissioner for Finance in Cross River State, has revealed that the state is in danger of Coronavirus.
The commissioner noted that the state is in danger of COVID-19 because it shares a border with other countries.
Ekpeong while speaking at a press conference in Calabar, Cross River State capital on Friday, lamented that the state shares border with Cameroon which is at war and the state government carter for its refugees.
He said, “Cross River State is in a unique position in terms of geography. It has international and maritime boundaries which covered a vast amount of areas with Cameroon.”
“Already, Cameroon is engaged in war, especially, South-West Cameroon and over the last couple of months, the State has taken refugees numbering over 80, 000. These people are accommodated by us.”
“As at today, the confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Cameroon are 306, some Health facilities there are limited, and testing is limited, so we don’t rely on that.”
He further stated that there are several recorded death cases in Cameroon following the outbreak of Coronavirus in the state and the Cross River government cannot overlook that.
“We have borders with about 4 States – Akwa Ibom, Ebonyi, Abia and Benue States. We have cases in some of these states and Cameroons, and we cannot take things for granted, and we call on relevant federal government agencies and security operatives to see how they can come and support the State because of our unique position,” he stated.