Cross River State governor, Ben Ayade, has declared a total lockdown in the state, as part of measures to contain the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country.
The governor made the declaration in a statement on Monday by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Christian Ita.
He also ordered the indefinite suspension of the Local Government Council elections scheduled to hold on Saturday in the state.
Governor Ayade directed that all educational institutions in the state – both public and private must shut down from Tuesday until further notice.
He ordered all civil servants, except those on essential services such as medical personnel and revenue officers, to stay away from work for an initial period of two weeks, with immediate effect.
The governor directed that all social, cultural, and religious activities be suspended while essential activities in the state must not have a crowd beyond five persons.
The governor urged absolute compliance from peoplein the state, even as government ramps up efforts to ensure the state remains safe and COVID-19 free.