In a transfer to test the unfold of coronavirus to Rivers State, the State Government on Wednesday introduced that air, sea and land routes into the state will likely be closed to site visitors, starting 6pm, Thursday, March 26, 2020.
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike stated in a broadcast on Wednesday, that the measure grew to become vital in view of current developments.
He stated: “It is with gratitude to God that I announce to you that our State would have been contaminated with coronavirus yesterday, however for the vigilance of safety brokers who, appearing on a tip-off prevented an contaminated individual from boarding a flight from Abuja to Port Harcourt.
“The contaminated individual beat all safety measures that have been put in place on the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja and Abuja and was to sneak into Port Harcourt earlier than safety brokers stopped her.
“Based on this alarming Information, the State Security Council met yesterday and reviewed measures already put in place and decided that there was urgent need to adopt stringent measures to protect those living and doing business in the state from the virus.”
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According to Governor Wike, the council determined that with impact from 6pm on Thursday, March 26, 2020, the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa won’t be open to air site visitors.
“While we may not have the right to stop flights from entering Port Harcourt, we cannot allow anybody coming from the airport to enter our State. We are confident that the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and other federal agencies will cooperate with us,” Wike stated.
The Governor additional careworn that every one Land and Sea Borders will likely be closed.
He additionally said that vehicular actions in an out of Rivers State have been banned. Adding that no car will go away Rivers State for every other State and no car will likely be allowed to enter the state.
Governor Wike stated that the brand new measures will likely be in place till additional discover.
He famous: “Let me reiterate that the scenario we face requires drastic measures as a result of coronavirus has ravaged many nations.
“Security Agencies have been empowered to strictly implement this directive. There will likely be no room for sacred cows as a result of the virus isn’t any respecter of individuals.
“May I once again call for the support and understanding of everyone living and doing business in Rivers State to help the relevant Government Agencies implement these measures to check the spread of coronavirus to the state.”
The Rivers State Governor added: “At this time in our nationwide life, we should shun primordial sentiments and face the fact on the bottom.
“I am confident that God being on our side, the temporary hardship we are facing today will come to an end very soon.”
Governor Wike recounted earlier measures taken by the Rivers State Government to sort out coronavirus, emphasising that they have been nonetheless in power.
He stated: “In that broadcast, I introduced the establishing of Surveillance Posts at our land and sea borders, starting from Tuesday, March 24, 2020.
“I additionally knowledgeable you that after due consultations with Religious Leaders, all types of open worship together with crusades and vigils have been banned.
“Public Burials and weddings were prohibited, while public parks, night clubs and Cinemas were directed to close down.”