(By Silas Ofori) – The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has suspended the Chairman of Obio/Akpor Local Government Council, Prince S. Eke, and his Deputy, for failing to implement government’s directive on the closure of markets to check the spread of coronavirus in the area.
Governor Wike, who announced the suspensions on Monday in Port Harcourt, also imposed curfew on Obiri-Ikwerre Junction (Ozuoba, Rumualogu) , Choba and Education Bus Stop to Agip Junction because of observed violation of the market closure order in the affected areas.
In a Broadcast on Monday, Governor Wike said that the State Security Council was compelled to take the decisions after monitoring compliance with the directive given by the State Government last week.
” All beer parlours and public drinking joints are hereby closed because they have suddenly become an extension of night clubs that were earlier shut down.
“Any beer parlour or public drinking joint found to be open shall be acquired by the State Government.
“All landlords are advised to warn their tenants who use their property as beer parlours or public drinking joints to adhere to this directive.
“Traditional Rulers, Youth Leaders and Community Development Committees are to ensure that beer parlours and public drinking joints in their areas remain closed. ”
The Rivers State governor futher charged traditional rulers, youth Leaders and Community Development Committees to ensure that all beer parlours remain closed.
He added :”Any traditional ruler who allows markets to be open in his domain will be deposed.
Governor Wike said further violation of the directive for markets to remain closed will attract a state-wide curfew, even as he announced waivers to Medical and Pharmaceutical Personnel ,Food and Beverages , Essential Oil and Gas Staff, Petroleum Products and Media Workers and Newspaper Distributors.
While insisting that all those who enjoy waivers during the period must identify themselves with valid identity cards, Governor Wike reiterated that his government will continue to do what is right at all times, even as he observed that no conventional war has grounded global life and economy like coronavirus has done.