– There might be another lockdown in Rivers very soon
– The state government has given a vehement reaction to the open flouting of COVID-19 protocols
– Governor Nyesom Wike stated that most churches members and persons who visit market places go without facemasks
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The Rivers state government has threatened to impose another lockdown following the unruly behaviours of some persons who believe that the COVID-19 pandemic is not real.
Governor Nyesom Wike on Sunday, December 27, said that most church members openly flout covid-19 rules by abandoning their facemasks, Daily Trust reports.
Moreover, the governor revealed that most persons go to market places without observing social distancing and hygiene measures.
He stressed that the government will be forced to impose another state-wide lockdown if people keep disobeying standing orders to stop the spread of the virus.
The governor said:
“When you go to some churches, they don’t wear mask. Go to market, they don’t wear mask. They believe COVID is not real. It’s not real because it has not happened to you; nobody had died whom you know. When somebody has died and the person was close to you, you will know that COVID is real.
“If you don’t comply, I have no choice, but to shut down the churches; Pentecostal, Catholic, Anglican. I have no choice, because when you have it, who spends the money? It is the state that treats. So, we need to use the money for some other things, but not for this. Let us discipline ourselves and know that COVID is real. Let nobody tell you that there is nothing like COVID. It’s real.”
Meanwhile, the federal government on Tuesday, November 10, disclosed that only Rivers among all Nigerian states was yet to receive COVID-19 palliatives from the presidency.
This was specifically revealed by the minister of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development, Sadiya Umar Farouq.
Farouq made this known while she addressed lawmakers in the National Assembly on budget performance.
She noted that the ministry distributed not less than 70,000 tons of grains from the national grain centre by President Muhammadu Buhari to all states, adding that the share of Rivers, though still not received, is waiting for collection.
“It is only Rivers state that has not collected their own share. It is still there waiting for them.”
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