The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has declared partial lockdown of Rivers State. The governor has also temporarily put to rest operations of night clubs, cinemas, and public parks as part of precautionary measures to restrain the coronavirus pandemic.
In his state broadcast on Friday the 20th of March 2020, the governor mentioned: “significant public places would remain out of operation till further notice and this is to take effect from Tuesday, March 24, 2020”. He also added that it was agreed upon after appropriate consideration with religious leaders that all forms of open worship should temporarily be on hold. Public burial and wedding ceremonies are not also left out.
He mentioned in his broadcast that it has become imperative to maintain social distancing to curb the spread of the virus. Moreover, he urged religious leaders, traditional rulers and opinion leaders in the state to work together with the government in ensuring full compliance as defaulters will be seen as enemies of the state and will be made to dance to the tune of their own music.
Accordingly to Governor Wike Nyesom in his concluding statement “My Dear Good People of Rivers State, the essence of government is to protect lives and we cannot be indifferent when this COVID-19 continues to claim lives world-wide. We urge everyone to remain calm and maintain social distance. We shall continue to review the situation and adjust accordingly”. Following this statement, the governor said that surveillance posts would be set up across all the states with effect from March 24 as well.
Though the state not recorded any positive case of the pandemic, governor Wike is rolling out measures to stop the virus from entering into Rivers State.
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