he Akwa Ibom government
has expressed worries that
people were becoming
complacent towards safety protocols on coronavirus disease
(COVID-19) in the state.
The secretary to the state government and chairman, Incidence
Management Committee on
COVID-19, Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem, spoke in the backdrop of lack
of adherence and enforcement of the
safety and prevention protocols in
most places, noted that the disease
"has not disappeared from the surface of the earth.
He stated this at the launch and
public presentation of the book titled
Coronavirus 2019 and Doing
Alright: The Search For Meaning
written by Monsignor Micheal
Ekpenyong, a former secretary-general of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria in Uyo, recently.
According to him, the lack of
adherence could be dangerous for
the state and nation in general as the
second wave of the disease looms.
Said he: "This malady, COVID19 that we have the privilege to contribute , superintend or monitor is
real. And please father draw the attention of sisters and brothers in the
church that COVID-19 has not gone,
it is still very much with us. We
must therefore continue to wear
facemask always, I don't like it, but
it's good to continue to wear it, wear
your facemask and try as much as
possible to observe social distancing in all public places.
Ekuwem hinted that so far, the
state government has continued with
test of suspected persons and
warned that with the second wave
of the pandemic currently ravaging
Europe and America, there was need
for thoroughness in the implementation of the safety and prevention
The book reviewer, Rev. Donatus Udoette who lauded the author for
his creativity, explained that he has
succeeded in establishing the fact
that even though coronavirus has
introduced a new world order of
social distancing and virtual realities;
the original spiritual framework and
divine knowledge of
interconnectivity and relativity remained intact.
The author , Ekpeyong harped
on the need for social distancing occasioned by COVID-19, but said
that should not be allowed to affect
or blur spiritual closeness to those
in need from a distance.
"Using the 'Neediest from a distance Project' at Paul West Itam, the
author has succeeded in imparting
an internal lesson with the word
gold, namely that the coronavirus
has no power to disrupt the spiritual law of quantum spirituality
which is expressed in form of
'Ubuntu'( solidarity, unity and togetherness), Udoette said.