Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike on Tuesday addressed the state in an expected broadcast.
Bittertruth Media brings you key things Gov.Wike said that broadcast below:
1. There are recorded cases of Covid-19 in 4 out of the 23 local government areas of the State.
2. Most cases of Covid-19 in Rivers State are connected with contacts with oil company workers who imported the disease into the State. Specifically, 60% of the positive cases recorded in the State are connected with oil company workers.
3. The State Security Council has decided to cancel the proposed lockdown on Obio/Akpor and Port Harcourt Local Government Areas of the State. In essence, no part of Rivers State is or will be under any lockdown from this moment and this will be so, except where it becomes necessary again.
4. All land borders, including all exit and entry routes into Rivers State shall remain closed to human and vehicular traffic, except those on essential services and duly exempted.
5. All residents must wear face masks or covering into any public space, including our roads, banks, shopping malls, shops, hotels and in any lawful social gathering.
6. The State task force and the security agencies have been directed to arrest and summarily prosecute any person seen on our streets or any other public place without wearing face masks.
7. All banks, motor parks, hotels, restaurants, shops, business centres, shopping malls, and offices must maintain social distancing and enforce the wearing of face masks in their premises.
8. The State task force and security agencies have been directed to seal up, prosecute and confiscate to the State any bank, shopping mall, restaurant, shop, business place or office that fails to enforce social distancing and the wearing of face masks in its premises.
9.Hoteliers must not host large gatherings, including parties and receptions and they must provide daily guest list to the Police and the Department of State Security. Defaulting hotels will be sealed-up and the owners summarily prosecuted.
10. All bars, beer palours, or drinking joints, night-clubs, viewing centres, open markets and cinemas shall remain closed until further notice.
11. Oil mill market in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area shall remain closed until further notice; Oginigba Slaughter market in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area shall similarly remain closed until further notice; Mbiama market in Ahoada West Local Government Area shall also remain closed until further notice.
12. All public weddings, burials and large social gatherings shall remain banned.
13. Churches and other religious gatherings should continue to comply with the existing advisory on social distancing, initiate temperature checks and enforce the wearing of face masks during their activities.
14. Dealers in Ikoku Spare Parts markets are warned for the last time to stop converting public roads to mechanic workshops or risk final closure. Similarly, no mechanic workshop should be found along Ikwerre road as Government will prosecute defaulters and confiscate any vehicle being repaired on any public road.
15. Private and commercial vehicles, including tricycles must continue to limit their passengers to the number earlier established and enforce the wearing of face masks by all passengers. Defaulters will be prosecuted and their vehicles confiscated by the Task force.
16. Government is investigating the rumored or suspected outbreak of the virus at Bonny Island. A team of medical personnel led by the Commissioner for Health has visited Bonny Island and collected samples from suspected cases for analysis and immediate intervention should the results indicate the outbreak of the virus in the area.
17. Our intelligence has intercepted a clandestine plan by some criminal elements led by Bobosky to cause security breaches in the State by instigating violence and burning down churches in Khana, Eleme, Gokana, Tai and Oyigbo Local Government Areas of the State.
18. As a further security measure, we have decided to impose a nighttime curfew on all the 23 Local Government Areas of the State from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. starting from the 2nd of June 2020 until further notice.