Akwa Ibom Lifts Ban on Weddings and Burials From 4th July


The Akwa Ibom State government has lifted the ban imposed in March as regards to weddings and burials following the outbreak of Coronavirus. This is to take effect from Saturday, July 4, 2020.


This was announced by Governor Emmanuel Udom on Thursday evening during the routine interactive session with the citizens aired by state-owned Radio and television stations.


Udom gave strict guidelines to be followed while holding such ceremonies and disclosed that monitoring teams would be dispatched to ensure strict compliance with the guidelines. He also urged church leaders to help in the implementation of the guidelines to curb the spread of Coronavirus in the state.


He said;

“If you are doing funeral in an open space like a field in a primary school you must not have more than 50 people. We are not forcing you to do the burial, but if you must do it, you must do it within our guidelines. Not more than 50 people and you must adhere to all our guidelines which was drafted by the Christian Association of Nigeria.”

“They (people attending the burial) must all wear facemask, have hand sanitisers, (and adhere to) everything that has been outlined by CAN.”

“If you are doing the burial inside the church, people inside should not be more than 30.”

“Please we don’t want anybody to expose himself or his own family. If you must go out, wear a facemask. If you don’t feel like wearing mask, please stay at home. A lot of people are asymptomatic to this and they keep infecting other people without knowing. And we don’t want this to continue.”


On reopening of Schools, Governor Udom disclosed that the situation of the state would be assessed during a special State Executive Council meeting on Friday, July 3, 2020.


He said,

“This is not the time to copy anybody, you must localise your situation because that person you want to copy might be doing the wrong thing. If after our assessment we see that we cannot open Schools the same time others are opening, we will keep the schools closed in the meantime.”


Udom also appreciated the front line health workers, security agents, all stakeholders in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the citizens, for their understanding and cooperation at this point.


He expressed concern that the state currently needed to replenish some of the medications that have finished saying,

“Some of the drugs, we are running out of stock. And how to replenish the stock we don’t know because a whole lot of them are not manufactured here in Nigeria.

“I don’t want us to get to a point where we are overwhelmed.

“As I am talking, I am yet to receive one naira from the federal government to support our fight against COVID-19.”

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