Residents of Port Harcourt are to face very tough times in the days ahead, following the total lock down of the city by the governor, Nyesom Wike. The 24 hours lockdown begins from this Thursday.
It is not clear when the city will be opened up, but sources said it may not be earlier than the next two weeks. Only yesterday, Wike had shut down the Trans-Amadi slaughter market permanently.
A few days ago, he had locked down the entire Rumuomasi, Rumubiakani, Stadium Road and Elekahia axis of the town.
With the latest development, only those residing in Ikwerre, Etche and Oyigbo Local Governments will be able to run their lives normally. The tree local governments adjoin Port Harcourt and scores of residents come to Port Harcourt for work and business.
He said: “On no account should there be any vehicular movements or gathering of more than two persons in these Local Government Areas, except those on essential services with appropriate authorization;
“All shops, trading or business activities, including currency exchange, in these Local Government Areas must also remain closed until further notice.
“All Landlords are advised to ensure that no shop or trading activity is opened or carried out in or around their premises or risk the confiscation of their property by the Government.
“Any person, group or institution that violates the lockdown and curfew in these Local Government Areas will be made to face the full wrath of the law. ”
The Rivers State Governor directed the immediate arrest and prosecution of Chief B.A. Worgu and Mr. Isaiah Abraka for sneakily organizing night markets in defiance of existing ban on such activity.
Governor Wike said given the threat posed to the State by oil and gas company workers, it has reviewed all entry waivers and permits earlier granted to Oil and Gas Companies .
He added: “From now on, requests for waivers and entry permits from oil and gas companies will be considered on a case by case basis;
“(ii) all inward-bound vehicles and flights into Rivers State from oil and gas companies with workers for crew change or other essential operations must first submit details of their manifests to the State’s taskforce on COVID-19 for proper vetting of their virus status before they can be allowed to enter the State;
“(iii) all operators of chartered flights into Rivers State for oil and gas operations, especially Bristow and Caverton Helicopters, should please comply with this directive and refrain from jeopardizing the lives of our people for the sake of making profits.
Wike sternly warned the Chief Medical Director of the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital to stop politicalizing the issue of coronavirus in the State with his rascally, irresponsible and ill-motivated utterances.