Gov. Wike relaxes lockdown on Obio/Akpor, PH LGAs – From Chukwudi Ejimofor

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Gov. Wike: We’ll stop COVID-19 in Rivers state

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has announced the temporary lifting of the total lockdown on Obio/Akpor and Port Harcourt Local Government Areas for two days with effect from Tuesday May 12, 2020.

Gov. Wike made the announcement in a state-wide broadcast on Sunday night. He said that the total lockdown will be lifted on Tuesday 12th May, 2020 and Wednesday, 13th May, 2020.

He said that the lockdown will be reinstated on Thursday, 14th May, 2020.

He said: “Consequently, we have given due consideration to the propositions on the way forward by well-meaning citizens of the state, and after a cautious review of the situation, decided to implement a partial relaxation of the lockdown measures, to enable residents to have some fresh air and replenish their foodstuffs and medicines.

“To this end, I hereby announce the temporary lifting of the total lockdown on Obio/Akpor and Port Harcourt Local Government Areas for two days only, with effect from Tuesday 12th May 2020.

“All shops, supermarkets, and malls can open to the public for Tuesday and Wednesday, 12 and 13 May 2020.

“Similarly, all hospitals and banks can also open and provide full services to the public;

“While oil and gas companies are required to submit the list of their staff on essential duties to government, note that there is no ban on the lifting of petroleum products from depots and other receptacles.

“The total lockdown on Obio/Akpor and Port Harcourt Local Government Areas will be reinstated on Thursday 14th May 2020 and remain until further notice.”

Governor Wike said all other established restrictions under the Executive Orders on social distancing are still in force. 

He said: “Compulsory wearing of face mask or scarves in vehicles and public places; closure of all land, sea and air borders and entry routes into the State; and

 closure of all open markets, including slaughters, hotels, guest houses, cinemas, bars and restaurants; and

 ban on gathering, including public burials, weddings, and religious gathering of more than 50 persons.

“As a government, we are doing our utmost best, in the face of daunting challenges, to prevent COVID-19 from taking hold in Rivers State; to stop any possible community transmission of this disease before it is too late. 

“And we shall continue on this trajectory because the alternative would spell a greater disaster for our state and our people.” 

The Governor said he remains focused on protecting Rivers people. 

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