From Blessing Ibunge, Port Harcourt
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has declared that he may reinstate lockdown in the state over refusal of residents to adhere to directives aim at curtailing the spread of coronavirus in the state.
The Governor gave the warning on Friday during a state broadcast to mark his one year anniversary in office.
Governor Wike who regretted hat despite the advisories and regulations on social distancing and compulsory wearing of face masks, most residents are flouting the directives to the collective peril of all, said he may be forced declare compulsory lockdown again.
He said: “These are all irresponsible and risky behaviour in the face of the invisible and ravaging pandemic and the enormous threat it poses to public health and the safety of human lives.
“We shall bring the full weight of the law to bear on every recalcitrant person, business or institution, irrespective of status who decides to treat the existing orders and regulations for mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in our State with contempt.
“Government may be forced to reinstate lockdown if members of the public continue to flout and disregard the established regulations on social distancing and the compulsory wearing of face masks,” he said
Governor Wike however, commiserated with the families of those that lost their loved ones to the pandemic and prayed for the peaceful repose of their innocent souls.
He said that while we pray for the quick success, for the global search for vaccines, the responsibility still rests on everyone to strictly comply with the established mitigating measures.
Meanwhile, the governor has called on Rivers people no matter their political affiliation to join hands with his administration to build a stable and vibrant economy.
Governor Wike noted that the state can overcome the present global economic situation if citizens come together in unity of thought and purpose.
“Yes, we can if we resolve to downplay our individual differences and work together for the common good of our heritage, our lovely State, our communities and our people. As a government, we welcome constructive criticisms devoid of politics and mischief, because they serve to make us better performers.
“This is a time for governance, not politics, and we welcome everyone on board to create an environment that promotes balanced economic growth, thriving private investments, boundless opportunity and a State we can truly call our pride and heritage.
“For us, nothing matters more than Rivers State, our people, our interests, our treasures, our enormous resources and assets, our accomplishments and our greatness,” he stated.
The Governor pointed out that within the last one year, his administration has achieve much on infrastructural development and human capacity building.