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COVID-19: Wike Declares Compulsory Use Of Face Masks In Rivers


In continuation of the battle to verify the unfold of coronavirus, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has introduced the obligatory use of face masks within the state.

Governor Wike has additionally introduced that the State Safety Council will within the subsequent 24 hours take stringent measures in opposition to industrial transport operators for his or her failure to look at social distancing.

That is contained in a communique by the Governor’s particular aide, Mr Simeon Nwakaudu.

In keeping with the memo, the Governor stated, “The carrying of face masks in all public locations is now obligatory all through the State.

” The State’s Safety Council will meet within the subsequent 24 hours to think about and approve mandatory mitigating measures for commuters, together with the deployment of Authorities buses to shuttle designated public routes freed from cost.”

Governor Wike stated although the State Authorities agrees with President Muhammadu Buhari on the gradual re-opening of the nation, it’ll proceed to take important steps on the peculiarities of the state.

“Whereas we agree with Mr. President’s determination to regularly re-open the nation for enterprise, we will be guided by the peculiarities of our State on when to chill out the measures we’ve got put in place and regularly restore enterprise actions to the State.

” Till then, I want to restate that we love all residents of Rivers State. Please preserve social distancing, keep at dwelling, put on face masks in publicplaces and keep protected, “ he stated.

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The Governor warned that the State Authorities will impose an entire lockdown of Rumuokoro, Elimgbu and Rumukurushi in the event that they proceed with night time markets and complete disregard of Authorities directive on social distancing.

He stated: “Cmmunity leaders and residents in Rumuokoro, Elimgbu and Rumukurushi are hereby warned for the final time to both adjust to our directives on social distancing and desist all enterprise actions, together with night time markets or threat a complete lockdown in these areas and the everlasting closure of the Rumuokoro (Oil mill) market.”

Talking on the state of COVID-19 transmission in Rivers State, Governor Wike recounted the sample of transmission and the plain sabotage by safety businesses which has pissed off efforts to verify the unfold of coronavirus.

He stated: “The logical conclusion subsequently, is that the sample of transmission of COVID-19 within the State is evidentially predicated on outdoors importation simply as the speed of an infection and development can be comparatively low and arithmetical, when thought of from the date of the index case.

“Typically, we imagine that until there’s a sudden and vertical slide into group transmission, we count on our COVID-19 an infection and prevalent fee to proceed alongside this low trajectory, which supplies us the reassurance that our exhausting work is paying off and Rivers State is definitely not in any harmful place when in comparison with most different States, and we’ll by no means be by God’s particular grace.

“This isn’t to say that we’re on the peak of this disaster and that all the things concerning the containment and transmission of COVID-19 is beneath management. No; we’re not, due to the challenges occasioned primarily by the damaging components that proceed to undermine and sabotage our efforts to guard our folks from this illness.

” For example, the seventh contaminated case was an offshore oil and fuel employee who went and handed an evening in a Lagos lodge earlier than returning to Port Harcourt on the ninth of April 2020 with the help of the safety personnel manning our borders.

“When his symptoms started, he was admitted to a private hospital, (St. Martin’s Hospital) on the 20th and discharged on the 21st of April 2020. Had the security agencies not compromised their responsibility at the borders, this man would have been prevented from coming into Port Harcourt with this virus and threaten the lives of other people for over two weeks before he was evacuated to the treatment center.”

Governor Wike stated that his administration has skilled well being professionals to sort out coronavirus, procured related Private Protecting Tools for frontline employees, bought and obtained Ventilators for the therapy of contaminated folks.

He added that the State Authorities has established a Job Power on Border Closure and likewise taken supply of 250-bed Isolation Centre sponsored by the non-public sector, along with therapy and holding centres established by State Authorities.

Governor Wike knowledgeable that the State Authorities has obtained one GeneXpert RT-PCR testing machine from TOTAL E & P, which is prepared for use and will probably be deployed for testing within the State.

The Governor added that Pamo Hospital has additionally donated one other PCR machine to Rivers State, enhancing capability of the State Authorities to check for coronavirus.

The Governor regretted that the Federal Authorities is but to assist the Rivers State Authorities within the battle in opposition to coronavirus. He described as unlucky the state of affairs the place the NCDC is but to ascertain a laboratory in Rivers State.

He stated “We’re nearly combating this battle with none tangible materials assist from the Federal Authorities. We’re questioning as most of you might also be, that up until now the NCDC has not established any testing heart within the State regardless of our place, large socio-economic and demographic combine and excessive transmission risk hanging over us in consequence. Was this deliberate? If not so, why and what was the justification for this harmful neglect, which is clearly limiting our capability to increase testing for this virus within the State.

” However, for us as a Authorities, each single new an infection of COVID-19 in our State is one too many. We will subsequently proceed to take each mandatory measure to regulate and presumably finish the transmission of this illness in Rivers State regardless of the large challenges and lack of concrete assist from the Federal Authorities.

” It’s for the very purpose that we’ve got taken our destiny in our personal palms with the institution of the Border safety activity drive, which has been mandated to supply and guarantee a water-tight state of affairs in all our entry and exit factors and stop any unauthorized entry and or exit of individuals and autos into the State in the course of the interval of the closure.”

On the distribution of palliatives, the Rivers State Governor counseled the Desmond Akawor led committee for residing as much as the expectations of Rivers folks.

He added that the committee for the procurement of foodstuffs has carried out creditably within the buy of foodstuffs from native farmers and fishermen.

He stated: “Reviews reaching us from unbiased displays point out that, to date, each Committees are creditably executing their respective mandate regardless of the troublesome logistical problem that’s concerned.

“As a matter of truth, the Procurement Committee has to date bought and delivered to our ware homes native meals objects, together with garri, yam, beans, fish, palm oil, plantain, tomatoes and onions value over 590 million naira.
“The Meals Distribution Committee has efficiently distributed meals packages to weak households in 16 Native Authorities Areas, particularly: Obio/Akpor, Port Harcourt, Ikwerre, Eleme, Omuma, Bonny, Opobo/Nkoro, Tai, Okrika, Etche, Akuku Toru, Asari Toru, Oyigbo, Gokana, Khana, and Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni.”

Governor Wike reiterated that the Technique of his administration is to include, stop or reduce the unfold of the illness and save the lives of Rivers folks.
The Governor who outlined a number of steps taken to date, identified that his administration is reaching these aims considerably.

In a query and reply session, Governor Wike stated that the response of the Federal Authorities to the request by Kano State for assist reveals the extent of inconsistency within the system.

“I dedicated no crime calling for assist. In the event that they assist us, we may also commend them like Kano State has performed.

“There are these they like because the homeowners of the nation, whereas others are intentionally uncared for. That is unlucky.”

Governor Wike stated that following the truth that an oil employee from the rig examined constructive, the State Authorities will evaluation all of the permits granted oil corporations to maneuver employees to grease platforms.

He stated: “Whenever you increase these points, some native politicians looking for governorship ticket, say that we should beg. It’s a matter of cooperation to make sure the security of our folks.

“Let no person deceive these oil corporations. They need to not threat the lives of their employees. We’re looking for the assist of oil corporations to save lots of the lives of our folks. No one is saying don’t drill oil, but it surely should be performed with the consideration of the security of Rivers folks.”

On Palliatives by the Federal Authorities, Governor Wike stated that Rivers state Authorities rejected the meals Palliatives , as a result of the rice was contaminated and dangerous for consumption.

“The rice has expired and we cannot go to Cross River to go and collect contaminated rice,” he stated.

The Governor regretted that even on the time of conflict in opposition to coronavirus, the Federal Authorities is enjoying politics with the safety businesses.

“All the safety personnel concerned within the arrest of those that invaded the state in the course of the battle in opposition to coronavirus have been transferred. The Commissioner of Police, the Director DSS and the Air Power Commander have been transferred.

“If they can’t work with State Governments to battle coronavirus, then we must always count on downside sooner or later. I pity the safety personnel. As soon as they put of their greatest, they’re transferred.

“That’s the reason we’ve got arrange out Job Power on Border Closure to make sure that they don’t compromise our borders,” he stated.

Commenting on the deportation of Almajiris, Governor Wike stated if it began from Rivers state, the Federal Authorities would have vehemently opposed the thought.

He stated: “I thank God this came from our northern brothers. The Kaduna State Government said most of the Almajiris have tested positive to coronavirus. If I was the first person the Federal Government would have declared that nobody has the right to deport a Nigerian. Now, because it came from them, the Federal Government has supported them.”

He famous that the Rivers State Authorities is working exhausting to sanitize the state by eradicating those that are more likely to transmit coronavirus from the streets.

The Governor added that the Rivers State Authorities may also dislodge these buying and selling on on the streets of latest GRA in Port Harcourt. He stated they’ve refused to keep up Social distancing and respect Authorities’s directive.

On the Palliatives by Personal Sector Coalition, Governor Wike stated that the State Authorities won’t settle for such Palliatives till Rivers farmers and fishermen are patronised. He stated that the coalition should as of necessity, purchase from Rivers Farmers and Fishermen earlier than their foodstuffs will probably be accepted.

Commenting on the N11billion unilaterally withdrawn from the Federation Account and handed over to the police, Governor Wike stated that he has directed the State Lawyer Basic to tug the Federal Authorities to courtroom.

He stated: “Our lawyers will prepare our papers and we will go to court. Nobody says you cannot support the police, but you must get the consent of states before taking their money. I have told the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum that Rivers State will challenge this matter in court.”

Responding to a query on the deliberate quarantine of NCDC officers by the Cross River State Authorities, Governor Wike stated although the federal government of Cross River State is correct, if it had been from him, the everlasting critics would have been at their worst.

On the request by the Northern Governors Discussion board for assist from the Federal Authorities within the battle in opposition to coronavirus, Governor Wike questioned why no person has accused them of combating the Federal Authorities.

He stated: “When the Rivers State Government requested support, they said it is an offence punishable by death. Anything the Rivers State Government requests, they say it is a crime. But we are saying that they should treat Rivers State the way they treat other states.”

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