From Blessing Ibunge, Port Harcourt
Some residents of Port Harcourt and Obio/Akpor Local Government Areas have pleaded with the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike to easy the lockdown to alleviate peoples suffering.
This is as the residents have also commended the governor for his determined effort to curb the spread of coronavirus in the state.
The residents made the commendation on Saturday in an interview while reacting on the lockdown in the major LGAs in the state government announced that a total lockdown on Obio/Akpor, Port Harcourt City Local Government Areas would commence on Thursday, May 7, to curb the spread of Coronavirus.
The AUTHORITY investigation revealed that there was high level of compliance by the residents who stayed in their homes, with the exception of those on essential duties in the state.
A resident of Port Harcourt, Chidi Arthur commended Governor Wike for the proactive measures put in place to fight against the spread of coronavirus in the state.
Arthur said that locking down the areas for two weeks would enable government to know those with the symptoms of the virus.
“It takes a brave heart to do what the Governor has done to curb the spread of the virus to save lives, but I plead with the Governor to ease off the lockdown because most people are daily income earners without savings.
“This lockdown would have yield more better results if government allow stores for essential items like food, water to open or provide palliative measures for the people to stay at home,” he said.
He also pleaded with the governor not to auction the cars and cows of the people that were caught flaunting the lockdown rules, saying that they had learned their lessons.
Also, another resident, Mrs Caroline Ughe, said that the lockdown was a blessing in disguise because many people would use the opportunity to rest.
“This period is good for many of us who have cases of high blood pressure as a result of no rest due to the nature of our jobs so I thank the governor for his action.
On his part, Theophilus Udiagha, resident of Obio/Akpor, pleaded with government to provide face mask and hand gloves for Rivers’ residents and allow them to go about their businesses with cautions. While Mr Friday Clinton, pleaded with the state government to provide emergency ambulance on patrol in case of any emergency for essential workers who trek to work, or pregnant women who would be in labour during this period.