The Chairman, House Committee on Health of the Cross River State House of Assembly, Dr Ekpo Ekpo Bassey has described the action of Nigeria Medical Association in respect to their industrial action as hasty.
Speaking with Media (known to Noble Reporters Media) on phone Sunday night, Dr Bassey lamented the action of the association, explaining that the group would have first and foremost set up a small committee to find out why NCDC refused to announce the result of samples sent to Alex Ekwueme University Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State before declaring a strike action.
“I was part of the meeting; the action of the NMA was based on the way the COVID-19 response team handled the whole process. I have appealed to them to exercise some patients not to withdraw their services at this time as people need their services more than any other time.
“This is a critical time for us globally as we are facing this pandemic and people now depend so much on health providers. The reason advanced by NMA to embark on the strike is virtually not sufficient for now because if the State has five confirmed cases of COVID-19 as transported from UCTH to Alex Ekwueme University Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State and were returned positive and NCDC has not captured them in its report; it was not enough reason to embark on strike.
“The NMA should have gotten in touch with NCDC rather than withdrawing their services. Embarking on industrial action now is too hasty because the people will suffer more especially those who depend on medical services for their survivals.
“The strike is too hasty. We appeal to them to retrace their action. We know they are aggrieved because the State Government has not sent enough samples; people are having the virus and transmitting it. The action was based on perception; they needed to set up a small committee that would have liaised with COVID-19 team to see what they have done,” he stated.
Government activities were paralysed in offices in Cross River State Monday following the indefinite strike embarked upon by the Nigeria Labour Congress.
The state chapter of the NLC led by Comrade Benedict Ukpepi had declared an indefinite strike over nonpayment of pension, gratuities, removal of names of civil servants from payroll implementation of promotion, among others.
Some agencies and offices rendered skeletal services and their workers closed early.
At the new secretariat on Murtala Mohammed Highway in Calabar, a team of NLC officials, policemen, and other security agencies were seen enforcing compliance.
The NLC chairman said, “The strike is successful. The few staff at the New Secretariat are mostly members of Trade Union Congress who cannot work without our members.”
Some offices were also shut at the Old Secretariat when newsmen visited the place in the morning.
There was confusion initially over the strike as the TUC pulled out of the industrial action, citing wrong timing amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
A house belonging to an alleged Kidnapper in Calabar South Local Government Area of Cross River State has been set ablaze by agents of the state government.
The suspected kidnapper, Edet Effiong Nyong was reported to have been among the suspects declared wanted by the state government.
The team who set the building ablaze was led by the State Security Adviser, South, Mr Ani Esin alongside DSS, Anti-Cultism and Kidnapping Squad and other stakeholder, Daily Post reports.
The building which is located at Esiere Ebom Street in Calabar South local government area of the state was burnt on Saturday.
NRM learnt that the suspect was responsible for the kidnap of the father of the former Director of DSS and he was also the brain behind the kidnap of a relative of the former Deputy Governor of Cross River, Barr. Efiok Cobham.
He was reported to have been freed from prison last year, but found his way back into the business. He is currently on the wanted list of the state governemnt:
“He was released from the correctional centre last year and thereafter, he went into kidnapping again” a source hinted.
Over the weekend, 33 year old Zimbabwean Actress, model and TV personality Vimbai Mutinhiri exchanged the marital vows with her lover, Andrew Ekpenyong in Calabar, Cross River State.
The love birds did not allow the Coronavirus lockdown in the Nation stop them from having their court wedding!
Clarifying that the wedding had constrained physical participants, brother to the groom and Cross Rivers state minister of Finance, Asuquo Ekpenyong said:
“loved ones saw the function by means of video conferencing”
Also sharing photos from the court wedding, Vimbai wrote:
What shall I render to Jehovah, for He has done so very much for me ♥️🙏🏾😇 . Part 1 / Court Registry done ✅ – social distancing compliant, but you know we had to add our touch to it 😁 (while we watch and wait for the coast to clear for us to have the dream celebrations we spent months planning) Thank you to all who have shared their words of encouragement, their prayers and their well wishes!! We are so grateful to be blessed with so much love
In another post, she wrote:
If only tears could speak, these ones would tell such a powerful story of how no matter what – God has a plan! Only He knows how a girl from Harare, ended up in the loving arms of a Prince in Calabar. The journey has been colorful and eventful, but by His grace we are ushered into a new chapter. What a testimony – that in every story – JEHOVAH has the final say 😇 .