By Mike Odiegwu, Port Harcourt


Residents of Rivers State on the weekend expressed fears following threats by Governor, Nyesom Wike to return the lockdown technique of combating the Coronavirus pandemic.

The residents, particularly individuals residing within the capital metropolis comprising Port Harcourt and Obio-Akpor native authorities areas, stated they might not afford one other curfew, urging the federal government to jettison the concept.

“Returning to a different lockdown is a suicide mission. We haven’t survived the collection of partial and full lockdowns earlier imposed by the federal government. Open markets are nonetheless shut. Survival has been troublesome,” stated a resident Ijeoma, who lives on Ada George stated.

She appealed to the federal government to contemplate different measures promising to watch protocols of social distancing, carrying of face masks and common washing of fingers to forestall the unfold of the pandemic.

One other resident, who recognized himself merely as Edward, stated there was no want for an additional lockdown and queried the outcomes of earlier curfews by the federal government.

He stated: “We will see that regardless of the earlier lockdowns, circumstances of the pandemic continued to rise within the state. The lockdown technique has solely succeeded in destroying the financial system of the state. It has not prevented the unfold of the illness. The federal government ought to, due to this fact, discover different methods”.

However investigations revealed that with the rising pattern of COVID-19 circumstances within the state, the Governor would possibly make good his risk.

On Sunday, a peep into the statistics of the Nationwide Council for Illness Management (NCDC), confirmed that the state recorded 204 circumstances and 13 deaths.

The state of affairs reportedly assumed a worrisome proportion following deaths of excessive profile individuals, together with prime authorities officers linked to the pandemic.

It was gathered {that a} prime official within the Treasury Division positioned within the state secretariat died of suspected COVID-19 problems.

It was additional learnt that 5 extra individuals within the Ministry of Finance additionally examined optimistic for oronavirus.

Individuals, who visited the ill-fated block, had been reportedly suggested to isolate themselves for 14 days.

The loss of life of the highest shot within the treasury got here a day after the Chairman of Asari Toru Native Authorities Space, Odiari Princewill, often called a robust loyalist of Wike, reportedly died of comparable problems.

It was gathered the council boss breathed his final on Wednesday at about 10pm and was buried on Thursday morning on the Port Harcourt Cemetary.


Wike not too long ago flayed the unserious angle of residents in the direction of the battle towards the Coronavirus pandemic decrying their refusal to stick to preventive measures of social distancing and carrying of face masks.

He regretted that as at Friday, 12 individuals died of COVID-19 problems within the state regardless of measures he adopted to cease the unfold of the illness.

He stated: “Regrettably, we now have noticed that the advisories, directives and rules on social distancing and the obligatory carrying of face masks are being ignored at alarming proportions within the State, a lot to our collective discomfort and peril.

“So many individuals are transferring about on our streets and into different public locations with out face masks. We have now sighted companies, together with banks and buying centres attending to clients with out face masks or sustaining bodily distancing.

“We have now additionally seen folks on our streets shopping for and promoting with out face masks or observing social distancing in clear disregard of the ban on clustered buying and selling actions and unauthorized social gatherings.

“These are all very irresponsible and dangerous behaviour within the face of the invisible and ravaging pandemic and the large risk it poses to public well being and the protection of human lives.

“Those that proceed to exhibit or encourage such callous behaviour or trivialize the deadly energy of this virus or nonetheless stay in denial of its existence are both insane or the worst enemies of mankind. Consider it or not, the transmission of this pandemic is dependent upon our personal particular person behaviour, actions or inactions.

“We should due to this fact all attempt to assist ourselves, our households, our communities and our State by complying religiously with the laid down rules and advisories on social distancing and carrying of face masks.

“Whereas we now have reserved the recourse to whole lockdown for apparent causes, it seems we could also be pressured to reinstate this drastic measure, earlier than later, if members of the general public proceed to flout, disregard and or abuse the established rules on social distancing and the obligatory carrying of face masks within the state.”

Wike famous that the state may overcome the current international financial state of affairs if residents labored collectively in unity of thought and function.

He stated: “Sure, we are able to if we resolve to downplay our particular person variations and work collectively for the widespread good of our heritage, our beautiful State, our communities and our folks. As a authorities, we welcome constructive criticisms devoid of politics and mischief, as a result of they serve to make us higher performers.

“It is a time for governance, not politics, and we welcome everybody on board to create an setting that promotes balanced financial development, thriving non-public investments, boundless alternative and a State we are able to really name our delight and heritage.

“For us, nothing issues greater than Rivers State, our folks, our pursuits, our treasures, our huge assets and belongings, our accomplishments and our greatness,” he stated.


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