The governor of Rivers State took to the demolishing of two hotels in Rivers for flouting executive order.
His action on the 10 May 2020 has raised so many eyebrows while some other people think it was a step in the right direction.
Prior to the demolition, the governor had announced a total lockdown in Obio-Akpor and PortHarcourt Local Government Areas of the state.
He explained that the Rivers state Coronavirus’ total lockdown was not going to feature activities of market places, hotels and beer parlours across the state. On May 5 2020, the governor announced that traditional rulers set up Task Forces within their jurisdiction of office to ensure the compliance of residents to the lockdown directive.
Given his declaration on lockdown, he inaugurated the State COVID-19 local government Task Force in the 7th May and charged with the responsibility of fishing hotels still operating during the lockdown and erring beer parlours for demolition.
On the 9th of May, the Task force got its first fruits as it made s list of two defaulting hotels- Prudent Hotel, Alode, in Eleme and Etemeteh hotel in Onne.
Following the discovery of this, the governor instructed and supervised the demolition of these hotels the next day.
Governor Nyesom Wike stated that:
“I have the political will. Those people who disobey, will face the consequences “However, on Saturday the governor announced the names of the two hotels, declaring that they would be demolished for flouting the State Government Executive Order 6.
Rivers State Coronavirus- The Executive Order 6
The Executive Order 6, is said to have banned the operation of hotels across the 23 Local Government Areas of the State.
The River state Governor stated that this was a critical time and the law must be obeyed for a lot of things to be put in check. He explained that as the elected governor presiding over the affairs and security of the state, he had the utmost responsibility to ensure that the law is enforced.
After the demolition, the Governor emphasised that no hotel should operate anywhere in the state.
“We said no hotel should operate within this period. Unfortunately, the PDP Youth Leader in Eleme joined others to flout the Executive Order. Therefore, the executive order will be applied.
“We said if any hotel operates, the Government will bring down that hotel.
We are doing what we have told people that we are going to do.
“Nobody wants to obey any rules. We are saying just for now, keep off, let us see how we can keep our people said.”
His focus on the activity of hotels is born of the fact that a hotel was the source of the spread of one of the coronavirus cases recorded in the state.
Governor Nyesom Wike said:
“Look at the rate of infections, most of these people are found in hotels. Look at the man that died, he was at Mingi Hotel in Rumumasi. Due to that contact, we have had other seven cases.
“People should help us and support Government for Rivers people to be safe. Security Council will meet to review the strategies and achievements or setbacks, moving forward.
“All we are doing is to protect our people. Some people may not like our strategies, but our objective is to achieve results.
“He assured that the State Government will always continue to protect the people. He said the fight against the spread of coronavirus is serious, that is why he is leading it personally.
“People talk about hunger. But it is only a living person that can discuss hunger. We will continue to work to protect our people.
“What we are doing is to tell the people that the State Government is serious. This being led by me, people should know that the State Government is determined to ensure that we defeat coronavirus.”