COVID-19 LOCKDOWN : WHY GOVERNOR WIKE DEMOLISHED HOTELS IN RIVERS STATE
In order to ensure that citizens of Rivers state adhered to the government’s directive on the lockdown, the governor, Nyesom Wike has approved and personally supervised the demolition of two hotels in the state for flouting the orders.
The hotels ; Prudent hotel, Alode in Eleme and Etemeteh hotel, Onne were destroyed by the operatives of government on Sunday.
Prior to the lockdown, the governor signed an executive order, banning hotels from operating while the lockdown lasted.
The Governor said because the hotel operators violated order 6 of the document, the government had to apply the executive order it signed earlier.
Incidentally, the owner of the Prudent Hotel is the PDP youth leader in Eleme who was earlier declared wanted.
“We said no hotel should operate within this period, unfortunately the PDP youth leader in Eleme joined others to flout the executive order. Therefore the executive order will be applied.
” We said if any hotel operates, government will bring down that hotel, we are doing what we have told people that we are going to do,” he said.
Wike attributed most of the covid-19 cases the state has recorded to the operation of hotels.
In his words;” Look at the rate of infections, most if these people are found in hotels, look at the man that died, he was at Mingi hotel in Rumumasi, due to that contact, we have had other seven cases.”
The Governor further warned that he will not spare any one who violates the executive order irrespective of party leaning saying that if he could demolish a member of his party’s hotel, he would do same to others who do same.
He appealed to the citizens for support in order for government to achieve expected results with the lock down and not defeat the essence of it.
He said the measure is a temporary one and announced that the security Council will meet to review strategies, achievements or setbacks.
Rivers state ranks 18th on the table of COVID-19 positive states in Nigeria with twenty one cases so far according to the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
Rivers state government has also set up iron bars at its boundaries with Abia State as a way of checking interstate movements.