Governor Nyesom Wike has admitted for the first that the State’s healthcare delivery system may be unable to cope with a massive surge in the spread of the Coronavirus.
Wike who announced complete lockdowns in some parts of the State capital on Tuesday expressed serious reservations during a state radio-television broadcast.
Although he was dismayed with the attitude of unscrupulous officers who are sabotaging efforts by his administration to keep the people safe, the governor however spoke truth to the state of health facilities under his watch.
“These unscrupulous security officers are deliberately putting our State and the lives of our people at risk as our health system can hardly cope, should there be a surge in COVID-19 cases.”
He vowed to inaugurate a Taskforce that would monitor the closure of the various entry points which lead in and out of the State.
“To contain this threat therefore, we will be inaugurating the State’s Taskforce on Border Closure on Tuesday, April 28, 2020 to effectively monitor our boundaries and ensure that no unauthorized person and, or vehicle leaves or enters our State under any guise in breach of the lockdown order.”
Governor Wike appealed to residents to collaborate with the authorities in the fight to protect their lives and urged community leaders to ensure strict adherence to guidelines in a bid to avert a complete lockdown of their settlements..
“While we will step-up our efforts to deliver more palliatives to the vulnerable ones among us, we urge all residents to simply comply with the established directives and protocols on the lockdown and social distancing and save our State from the COVID-19 scourge”, the governor noted.
“We appeal to the leaders of these communities to enforce the established restrictions or risk the imposition of a total lockdown on their communities”, Wike warned.
The Governor added some more areas to the lockdown list, saying, “In view of the non or passive compliance with these measures, it has become compelling to also place the following parts of Port Harcourt and Obio/AkporLocal Government Areas on 24 hours complete lockdown, beginning from Tuesday 28 April 2020, till further notice”
He had strong words for landlords in the areas where government has announced the lockdown, “Landlords in these areas must take personal responsibility to enforce this lockdown as we will not hesitate to pull down any commercial building or structure that opens to business in violation of this specific directive.”
The new areas where 24 hour lockdown orders are in force are Elekahia, including the entire stretch of Rumukalagbor-Elekahia Link Road; Rumuomasi, including Stadium Road; and Rumuobiokani.
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