Mankind is combating World Struggle III or one thing worse. It’s a dastardly distinctive world struggle. To start with, in contrast to World Struggle I or World Struggle II, the whole globe has needed to go on lockdown -for months. Second of all, there’s been not one gun fired, not one bomb dropped, not one ballistic missile launched.

Third of all, the enemy is a wierd one. This time, it’s not man combating man. This struggle is waged on the human race by an unseen foe. The hydraheaded, solution-defying agent of dying has two names.

Identified both by its baptismal title, coronavirus, or interchangeably by its latter-day id, covid-19, this virus has ravaged humanity. For the report, it sneaked in by means of Wuhan, China again in December, final 12 months. On the time of piecing this collectively, the stay updates by World Well being Organisation (WHO) present that globally, there have been 3,822,951 coronavirus instances and out of that: 265,084 fatalities. That is the grim actuality of our world, with every nation and normally every a part of a rustic combating the struggle its personal method.

In Nigeria, the so-called big of Africa which operates like a dwarf, the scenario is even grimmer. With failing infrastructure throughout all (however particularly medical) sectors, falling income, rising poverty, choking corruption, mounting anxiousness, and an apathetic citizenry wallowing in untold ignorance or crass illiteracy or each, its covid-19 disaster is expectedly one-way visitors. Present information feeds by Nigeria Centre for Illness Management (NCDC) say that the nation now has 21,208 assessments carried out, 3,145 confirmed instances, 2,508 energetic, 534 discharged, and 103 useless. Hope hangs within the stability, penduluming lazily and dreadfully.

Someplace within the deep south of the nation although, the solar appears to be rising and shining, brighter and brighter. Akwa Ibom state, world well-known for its cosmopolitanism, compactness, and a folks so extremely hospitable to guests in addition to adventurous in travelling, has surprisingly saved its numbers extremely low. NCDC data the state in good standing: 16 instances, 4 energetic, 10 discharged, two useless. The 2 unlucky losses however, the Akwa Ibom expertise is pure magic, contextualised within the Nigeria macrocosm and vis-à-vis the very nature of the state and its folks as enunciated above.

Clearly, Gov. Udom Emmanuel has the magic wand. That have to be the rationale many say he’s main this struggle from the entrance strains. Whereas that’s true and proper, it may also be argued that it’s not full and proper. Other than main this viral battle from the entrance strains, this primary class accountant turned governor is doing so equally from the center and from the rear.

In almost 5 years of his stewardship, there’s been a deliberate tune-up of infrastructure (medical and in any other case) within the state. Apart from major healthcare which the administration was turning its consideration to, simply earlier than the pandemic struck, the state boasts what could be the very best secondary, tertiary and quaternary setups nationwide. World customary hospitals in Ituk Mbang -Uruan, Iquita -Oron, Ibiaku Ntok Okpo -Ikono (and others unfold throughout the three senatorial districts) plus together with Ibom Specialist in Uyo, the state capital, run by nicely educated personnel deploying high class services clarify why the state appeared ready for covid-19. Certainly, this visionary governor put all the pieces in place lengthy earlier than yesterday to safe the as we speak and way forward for his state and other people.

Added to the rising lists of roads and Ibom Air and varied flagship achievements, Mr. Udom Emmanuel has secured his jurisdiction and compatriots from the entrance. Ditto, what he has completed; economy-wise. Up to now, the state in his time has helped to result in all of 18 industries and counting. Financial safety performs a pivotal function in restraining illness unfold.

Moreover, the best way the Akwa Ibom state chief government has rallied and continues to mobilise and inspire his staff, and all of the heroes (medical staff, safety brokers, meals sellers, journalists, transporters, and so on.) within the entrance strains of this struggle -even staying up as late as 3am on a regular basis to obtain advert hoc briefings- converse to a frontrunner who is just not solely completely in cost but additionally in contact. To know that Mr. Emmanuel additionally leads the combat towards covid-19 from the center and from the again, one solely want take a extra vital second have a look at the surefooted measuredness with which this governor approaches selections that need to do with the folks. It took him someday to declare a lockdown, extra to increase it, and as quickly as he may he relaxed it to safe the folks if you happen to like towards psychological and pocket despair; changing it with an 8pm to 6am curfew -obviously to safe the folks towards petty banditry that appeared to have raised its ugly head through the lockdown.

Lately, whereas addressing Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) within the state, the governor quieted and certainly gained over critics who felt he was sluggish in taking a few of these arduous selections. ‘Look, being governor doesn’t make me any particular or higher than each different Akwa Ibom particular person. Coronavirus doesn’t care if you happen to’re governor. In taking a choice or constructing a facility such because the 300-bed isolation centre that must be prepared in one other fortnight, I take time to make sure it’s the finest for each particular person together with me!’

That humanity or empathy is among the elementary elements lacking in management in our continent. It’s a factor of pleasure that someplace off the Gulf of Guinea, a state governor is securing our bragging rights as a individuals who know what to do and the right way to do it. By commanding his staff, and motivating everybody within the entrance strains of battling covid-19 and on the similar time by no means for as soon as dropping contact with the folks, Gov. Udom Emmanuel has offered management in entrance, within the center and on the again. And, the folks have risen in help as may be seen within the evolving success towards coronavirus.

God bless Akwa Ibom State!

Michael BUSH
Uyo – Nigeria

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