Governor Wike declares that Total Lockdown on Port Harcourt and Obio/Akpor LGAs will now resume on Sunday, 17th May, 2020 Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that the total lockdown on Obio/Akpor and Port Harcourt Local Government Areas will resume from 8.00 p.m. Sunday 17th May 2020 until further notice. In a State Broadcast on Wednesday, the total lockdown will no longer resume oon Thursday because the State Security Council took into consideration the suffering of the people over the last two days.
“In consideration of the foregoing, the concerns of our people, and the need for residents to replenish their supplies, especially, the State Security Council has decided to impose a night-time curfew and review the
effective date of the complete lockdown
on Obio/Akpor and Port Harcourt City Local Government Areas from the 14th of May 2020 to Sunday 17th May 2020 by 8.00 p.m.
“Consequently, there will be:
(i) a night-time curfew from 8.00 p.m.
to 6.00 a.m. on Thursday 14th May 2020,
Friday 15th May 2020, and Saturday 16th
(ii) while the total lockdown on
Obio/Akpor and Port Harcourt Local
Government Areas will immediately
follow from 8.00 p.m. Sunday 17th May
2020 until further notice.
“Furthermore, all residents are again
advised to comply with all other
established measures, including the
compulsory wearing of face masks and
the closure of our land, sea and air
boundaries and entry routes, which are
still in force.”
He added: “We expect residents to make
good use of the new Four-day daytime
window to purchase, restock and
prepare for the total lockdown.
“Once again, thank you for your
cooperation as we continue to do all we
can to stop the spread of this virus in our State with your support by staying at home and staying safe.”
Governor Wike said while on routine
monitoring, he observed observed how
difficult it has been for residents to
access money from their banks to make
purchases during the Two-Day window that was given.
“This difficulty has, no doubt,
prevented most residents of the two
affected Local Government Areas from
preparing and making adequate
provisions for the upkeep of their
families when the lockdown returns.
“Time and time again, we have said that
the lockdown is a necessary measure,
universally applied, to mitigate
community transmission of the covid-19
“Our own situation is not and can’t be
different. Covid-19 is not only here with us; it is increasing in number of
infections as we recorded 16 new cases
for today, the highest since the index
case, which goes to confirm not only my
personal apprehension for our State and
the need to be d tough in our mitigation of all.
“Suffice to mention that no deliberate
harm is ever intended or targeted at
anybody neither are we happy with the
prevailing hardship on the people as a
result of measures we have adopted to
fight this deadly virus.” Simeon Nwakaudu, Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor, Electronic Media. 12th May, 2020.