Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike on Sunday announced that his administration has set in motion the platform for the distribution of food palliatives to Rivers people following the sit-at-home directive to check the spread of coronavirus.
Addressing journalists in Port Harcourt on Sunday after inspecting the state food bank established for the distribution of the food palliatives, Wike informed that a state committee will be set up to implement the distribution of the foodstuff.
He said: “We inspected where we kept the relief materials for our palliative programme. Our intention is to ensure that we mitigate the impact of the sit-at-home directive.
“We are going to set up a committee for the distribution of the foodstuffs meant to serve as palliative for Rivers people.”
At the state food bank , the state government was said to have stocked rice, garri, beans, noodles, yam, palm oil and salt to be distributed to the less privileged in all the 23 local government areas.
Wike warned against the politicisation of the fight against coronavirus, saying all stakeholders must make sacrifices.”We say to our people, this is not a time to play politics. Nobody should play politics with the lives of people. Everybody has to make sacrifices to make sure everyone stays alive,” he said.
“For now, we are not hundred percent ready, but we are about 90 percent ready. Luckily for us, we have no serious cases.The confirmed case is doing very well. They have sent her samples and it came out negative. The final sample has been sent and we are expecting the results.
“We are doing quite well. All members of the security council are working together to ensure that we prevent the spread of coronavirus.”