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Governor Udom Seeks Reversal Of US Visa Coverage On Akwa Ibom Indigenes

A file picture of Governor Udom Emmanuel.


Akwa Ibom State governor, Udom Emmanuel has appealed to the US of America to rethink the just lately introduced Visa restriction on Nigerians.

Recounting varied collaborations between the US and the Akwa Ibom State authorities, the governor stated most individuals from his state have real enterprise transactions in the US.

Governor Emmanuel made the enchantment when he performed host to the Deputy Chief of Missions of the US Embassy, Nigeria, Ms.Kathleen FitzGibbon and the Deputy Chief of Missions of the US Company for Worldwide Growth (USAID), Ms. Katie Donohoe at his nation house in Awa Iman, Onna Native Authorities Space.

The Governor sued for extra clear and collaborative processes between worldwide donor businesses and the Akwa Ibom State Authorities within the budgeting and implementation of well being consciousness and sensitization campaigns within the state.

He stated the lively partnership with related state authorities businesses would guarantee accountability and forestall duplication of efforts and pointless waste of big assets with minimal outcomes.

The Governor described as enormous, the quantity stated to have been expended within the state in the course of the previous ten years on the HIV/AIDS campaigns by USAID,
and famous that for most individuals in rural areas to be reached on the imperatives of HIV and different well being challenges, there’s a must synergize efforts particularly within the monetary planning and implementation of programmes funded by the US authorities.

He thanked the US missions for his or her contributions in the direction of the struggle in opposition to varied illnesses and pledged the State Authorities’s assist in endeavor enlightenment campaigns to cut back HIV associated stigma and provision of different assets together with fast take a look at kits.

Earlier, the Deputy Chief of Missions U. S Embassy, Kathleen FitzGibbon said that the go to was to tell the Authorities of the help given by the US of America within the struggle in opposition to HIV/AIDS.

She additionally solicited for extra assist from the Authorities to make sure that the state has zero-tolerance for stigmatization of individuals dwelling with the virus thus guaranteeing better entry to high quality anti-retroviral medication that might maintain life and in addition stop the unfold of the illness.

She additionally emphasised the necessity for the state to enact the anti-stigma regulation to cut back HIV associated stigma within the state and hinted on the mega PCR Laboratory supplied for the state by USAID which required Medical Lab Scientists from the state for efficient providers.

She used the event of the go to to condole with the Governor and household over the demise of their father and prayed for the everlasting repose of the soul of Late Elder Gabriel Nkanang.

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