Covid-19: Rivers State Govt gives new directives on lockdown

By Amara Christa

Gov. Ezenwo Nyesom Wike has yet again, come up with new directives concerning the current state’s lockdown in order to further curb the spread of coronavirus in the state. According to him:

“All markets in the state except Oil Mill Market, Mbiama Market and Slaughter Market at Trans-Amadi shall be open on Tuesday April 7 and Wednesday, April 8, 2020 from 7am to 12noon.

After those two days, the markets will remain closed. This is to enable residents shop for Easter and also replenish their stock of foodstuffs.

Oil Mill Market, Mbiama Market and Slaughter Market at Trans Amadi shall remain closed till further notice.

The Board of the Rivers State Transport Company (RTC) has been dissolved with immediate effect. All those operating a franchise scheme in the name of the company are advised to desist forthwith.

Anyone who violates this directive, will be arrested and prosecuted. Government took this measure because the franchise scheme of RTC has become notorious for illegal activities that compromise the interest of the state.

I have directed security agencies to fish out and prosecute persons who slaughter animals in the Bush for public consumption. Our people must understand that lives are more important than profit.

We are constrained to note again that despite our directive, commercial vehicle operators have refused to maintain social distancing. Their action portends grave danger because they place the entire society at risk of the virus.”

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