Wike Threatens Lockdown Over Flouting Of COVID-19 Rules

RIVERS State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has warned that his administration will re-introduce the lockdown in the Port Harcourt and Obio/Akpor local government areas if members of the public continue to flout regulations.

Wike, who issued the warning in a state broadcast to mark the first year of his second term in office on Friday, expressed regret that regulations on social distancing and compulsory wearing of face masks were flouted.

He said, “These are all irresponsible and risky behaviour in the face of the invisible and ravaging pandemic and the enormous threat it poses to public health and the safety of human lives.

“Government may be forced to reinstate lockdown if members of the public continue to flout and disregard the established regulations on social distancing and the compulsory wearing of face masks.”

The governor pointed out that within the last one year, his administration had embarked on urban renewal programme in the state capital and the construction of three multibillion-naira flyover projects at Rebisi, Okoro-nu-Odo and Rumuogba.

He said the dualisation of Kira-Sapkenwa-Bori-Kono Road straddling three local government areas in Ogoni heartland had reached 92 per cent completion.

The Braithwaite Memorial Hospital, he said, had been fully equipped and converted to the Rivers State University Teaching Hospital, leading to the accreditation of the programmes of the facility for the training of medical students by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria.

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