From Mike Odiegwu, Port Harcourt
Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has accused the Federal Authorities of enjoying politics with the battle in opposition to COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
Wike additionally attributed a lot of the new COVID-19 within the state to sabotage by safety companies and a few oil companies.
He mentioned it was unlucky that the Federal Authorities was supporting Lagos, Ogun and Kano to deal with the pandemic virus with out listening to his state.
The governor spoke throughout two separate occasions in Port Harcourt on Thursday.
“The nation doesn’t want the character of politics being performed by the Federal Authorities and her companies at the moment when coronavirus is ravaging the world,” Wike mentioned when acquired the brand new Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Joseph Mukan, on the Authorities Home, Port Harcourt.
The governor, in line with a press release by his Particular Assistant on Digital Media, Simeon Nwakaudu, mentioned to defeat the pandemic, all of the tiers of presidency should work collectively.
Wike added, ”There should be a collaboration to battle the Coronavirus pandemic. NCDC (Nationwide Centre for Illness Management) is constructing laboratories in Lagos, Ogun and Kano, with out constructing in Rivers State.
“It is a state that’s uncovered to a number of international and native guests with no single federal intervention.
“When oil corporations write to vary crew, we insist on realizing their Coronavirus standing. In the event that they proceed to politicise COVID-19, Nigeria will endure it.”
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The governor recalled that when he demanded assist from the Federal Authorities, many individuals known as for his head.
“However, the Northern governors and the Kano State Authorities has demanded for help. Initially, the Kano State Governor (Abdullahi Ganduje) criticised the Federal Authorities over lack of assist. When the assist got here, he (Ganduje) mentioned the Federal Authorities is doing effectively. If additionally they assist Rivers State, we may even commend them,” he mentioned.
Additionally on the inauguration of the state Taskforce on Border Closure, the governor mentioned his administration came upon that safety companies allowed new COVID-19 carriers into the state with out subjecting them to obligatory well being checks.
He mentioned: “We won’t calm down as a result of if coronavirus escalates on this state, we won’t get any type of assist. Most of those oil corporations additionally sabotage us. One of many circumstances on the state therapy centre is an oil employee who got here from the rig.
”He examined constructive and now our well being employees are tracing all his contacts to test the unfold”.
Wike charged the duty power members to work like individuals struggling to avoid wasting their lives because the state is being sabotaged from all sides.
His phrases: “This taskforce is essential. Once they don’t need you to dwell, you need to devise means to outlive. It’s important to assist the safety companies and don’t enable anybody to get into the state with out approval.
“Anybody coming into the state should be screened by the well being officers. Don’t be a part of the safety companies to extort the individuals. If that occurs, the essence of this process power is defeated.
“We’re being sabotaged at sea, land and on the home wing of the airport. Typically, they secretly obtain flights and earlier than we all know the individuals sneak into the city. The Job Drive in Ikwerre should test anybody coming from the airport.
”After we shout, they are saying we’re preventing the Federal Authorities. All we’re saying is assist us to battle the virus. It is a matter of life and demise. You have to defend your individuals”.
Describing the battle in opposition to Coronavirus as a non-conventional battle, the governor mentioned it had nothing to do with politics.