The Cross Rivers State Government has given reasons why it did not accept or welcome the 35 Americans who recently came to Nigeria in a chartered air flight to work on NNPC facilities.
Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State, Christian Ita, said the reasons why 35 American oil workers were denied entry into Cross River State on Monday. “We insisted that they should go back and be properly tested before they could come in. We have blocked our boundaries; so, if they must come in because the Federal Government wants them to come in and do one or two things, they have to be sure that they are free of infections, because prevention, they say, is better than cure.
“They didn’t get to Cross River. They were en route to Cross River but they were not allowed to land. They went back to Abuja. They were never in Cross River.”
‘’We have to follow the universal precaution and it is important that those protocols must be exhausted; we do not have a positive confirmatory test kit yet.’’
The Americans, who were on board an Air Peace flight, were said to be working for the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation.
He said, “There is no such thing as COVID-19 in Cross River State as of today; that case is not COVID-19. Appropriate steps have been taken. We will await the result of the investigation or the test.”
He disclosed that a sick white tourist brought to the hospital recently died.
He said, “We lost him, and that was some weeks back, people immediately speculated and thought that it was COVID-19. We took his sample and sent it out for a test. The result came out negative. Before then, some people already had spread so much falsehood in the social media.”