Governor Wike relaxes lockdown in Rivers state for two days

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike
Chukwudi Akasike , Port Harcourt
Rivers State Governor , Nyesom Wike , has announced the temporary lifting of the total lockdown on Obio /Akpor and Port Harcourt Local Government Areas for two days with effect from Tuesday , May 12, 2020 .

Wike , who made the announcement in a state – wide broadcast on Sunday night , said that the lockdown would be reinstated on Thursday , 14th May 2020.

He said , “ We have given due consideration to the propositions on the way forward by well – meaning citizens of the state , and after a cautious review of the situation, decided to implement a partial relaxation of the lockdown measures, to enable residents to have some fresh air and replenish their foodstuffs and medicines.

“ To this end , I hereby announce the temporary lifting of the total lockdown on Obio /Akpor and Port Harcourt Local Governments Areas for two days only, with effect from Tuesday 12th May 2020 .

“ All shops , supermarkets, and malls can open to the public for Tuesday and Wednesday , 12 and 13 May 2020 . Similarly , all hospitals and banks can also open and provide full services to the public .

“ While oil and gas companies are required to submit the list of their staff on essential duties to the government , note that there is no ban on the lifting of petroleum products from depots and other receptacles.

“ The total lockdown on Obio /Akpor and Port Harcourt Local Government Areas will be reinstated on Thursday 14th May 2020 and remain until further notice . ”

The governor said all other established restrictions under the Executive Orders on social distancing are still in force.

He said , “ Compulsory wearing of face mask in vehicles and public places , closure of all land , sea and air borders and entry routes into the state; and closure of all open markets , including slaughters , hotels , guest houses, cinemas , bars , and restaurants , etc.

“Please note that our enemy is invisible . stay at home , maintain social distancing , wash your hands regularly, and stay safe . ”

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