Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike on Friday gave account of his stewardship in the last one year with regrets, that the residents and citizens were not adhering to COVID-19 safety protocols.
As a result, Wine said he will not waste any time in shutting down the state if the people continued to move about without face masks and also fail to respect the social distancing protocol.
In a special message to the state, Wike said it was unfortunate that some people have died as a result of the virus.
“These are all irresponsible and risky behaviour in the face of the invisible and ravaging pandemic and the enormous threat it poses to public health and the safety of human lives.
“We shall bring the full weight of the law to bear on every recalcitrant person, business or institution, irrespective of status who decides to treat the existing orders and regulations for mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in our State with contempt.
“Government may be forced to reinstate lockdown if members of the public continue to flout and disregard the established regulations on social distancing and the compulsory wearing of face masks,” he said.
He commiserated with the families of those that lost their loved ones to the pandemic and prayed for the peaceful repose of their innocent souls.
He said that while we pray for the quick success, for the global search, for vaccines, the responsibility still rests on everyone to strictly comply with the established mitigating measures.