- All schools in Rivers have been closed by Governor Nyesom Wike
- The governor also placed a restriction on religious activities in the state
- Wike said the move is as a result of coronavirus which WHO has declared as a global pandemic
Governor Nyesom Wike has ordered the closure of all schools in Rivers state including the tertiary institutions amid rising coronavirus tension.
The governor gave the directives on Friday morning, March 20, through a statement by his media aide, Simeon Nwakaudu.
Wike also placed restrictions on religious activities across the state, saying the decision was taken in the interest of the people as more cases of coronavirus were recorded in the country in the last forty-eight hours.
“To further strengthen our resolve to protect our citizens, the state government has taken the following decisions: all schools in the state are to be closed down with effect from Monday, March 23, 2020; all religious organisations are to restrict their activities.
“As you are aware, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has described coronavirus as a global pandemic. This development calls for collective action by all well-meaning citizens.
“As a responsive government, even though we have not had a confirmed case of coronavirus, we did not rest on our oars as we set-up a five-man inter-ministerial committee to carry out aggressive public enlightenment that will protect all those living and doing business in the state from the disease."
On efforts to curb the virus, Governor Wike said his government has set up awareness committee to sensitize people about the deadly disease through social and broadcast media.
The governor also said that 158 surveillance and ad-hoc personnel have been trained while one treatment centre and holding centres in the two teaching hospitals and all General Hospitals in the state are fully functional.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that barely twenty-four hours after four more cases of coronavirus were reported in Nigeria, Ondo state government has announced the closure of schools and tertiary institutions in the state from Friday, March 20.
The decision became necessary as the whole world is put on lockdown over the virus which is responsible for the death of 10,000 people with thousand of lives on the red line.
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