On the issue of River State Coronavirus updates, the Rivers State Government has expressed deep-seated sadness at the loss of a member of its State COVID-19 Task force.
The members of the state COVID-19 task force during their visit to Prodest Hotel in Alode, Eleme Local Government Area of the state last Saturday were attacked by some hooligans.
These touts were led by the Youth Leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Eleme Local Government Area, Mr Princewill Osaroejiji and they got violent with members of the state COVID-19 task force during their visit.
From the attack and maltreatment from these touts, one of the members of the task force lost his life in the late hours of Wednesday, 13th of May.
Following his death, the Rivers State Government has declared Osaroejiji wanted with a compensation of N5 million to anyone who can help with information about his whereabout.
The State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Paulinus Nsirim, stated that:
“As we speak, one of the Task Force operatives lost his life last night. Governor Nyesom Wike and the Rivers State Security Council took the decision to demolish the hotel in the interest of Rivers State and her people. Days before that demolition, everyone was aware that the State Government sensitized the people on the consequence of flouting Executive Order 6.
‘Having demolished that hotel, Governor Wike has approved that a primary school be constructed at that location to serve Rivers people. This is what a responsive government will do.”
Governor Nyesom Wike on Rivers State Coronavirus
The state has pledged to build new primary schools at the sites of the two hotels that were demolished for violating the restrictions that was announced by the state to curtail the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
While Governor Nyesom Wike has still not began to enjoy the praises of the majority. His actions has enjoyed the commendation of a few.
Natives of the land have commented on his action describing it as what they referred to as a great feat.
“Eleme people are happy with the demolition. In several publications they made after the demolition, they have declared that Prodest Hotel is a criminal hideout and a den for cultists.
“They added that Prodest Hotel is a centre for gun-running by the wanted PDP Youth Leader. It was his criminal tendencies that emboldened him to unleash mayhem on State officials when the Hotel Manager invited him.
“These are facts that the political analysts have turned away from. They have allowed their political enmity with Governor Wike to override their objective judgment.”
Mr Paulinus Nsirim disclosed that
“Even the Chairman of Nigeria Hotels Owners Association Rivers State Chapter, Mr. Eugene Nwaizu, in a statement issued in Port Harcourt expressed surprise that the hotels that were demolished were not even registered with the body and disobeyed the Executive Order.”
The Rivers State Government would remain focused and not be distracted by “unfortunate schemes by ill-mannered politicians, struggling for political space at the expense of their people”.
Mr. Eric Welle, the president of OIUSA, New York, USA, enjoined the people of Rivers State to comply with the government’s stay-at-home order. He stated that staying at home was the only way around defeating the disease given that there are no vaccines or cure yet.
“We commend the Rivers state government’s efforts to enforce the stay-at-home order because it is in the interest of all citizens from the local government to the national level to comply with the directive,” Welle said, adding, “In many countries authorities have taken severe measures to ensure that people stay at home.”