- The Rivers state House of Assembly lawmakers have donated their one-month salaries to support the state
- The donation was to support the state government's efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic
- Ikuinyi-Owaji Ibani, the speaker of the house, said the decision to donate the salaries was collectively made by all the members of the house
Rivers state House of Assembly lawmakers have announced they will support the state government in tackling COVID-19 with one month salary.
The speaker of the house, Ikuinyi-Owaji Ibani, disclosed on Wednesday, April 1, that all the 32 members of the 9th assembly collectively agreed to donate their salaries to boost the state's anti-COVID-19 efforts.
Ibani also said the state assembly has taken actions to get regular updates from the health ministry and other agencies responsible for the fight against the pandemic.
The chairman of the house committee on information and co-chairman of the joint committee on COVID-19, Enemi Alabo George, also said the house is impressed with the steps taken by the state government in preventing the spread of the virus.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the capital city of Rivers state, Port Harcourt, was under lockdown as Governor Nyesome Wike imposed a dusk to dawn curfew in some parts of the city.
Residents of parts of Port Harcourt were forced off the streets on Tuesday, March 31, by security personnel who are enforcing the governor's directive.
Those who went out as early as 6am were driven back by security personnel in some parts of the city.
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Similarly, the Rivers government in a move to check the spread of coronavirus within the state announced that all routes leading into the state such as air, sea, and land would be closed to traffic, beginning 6 pm, on Thursday, March 26.
This was revealed on Wednesday, March 25, by the state governor, Nyesom Wike in a broadcast.
He said that the preventive measures had become necessary in light of recent developments in the country.
The Rivers governor went on to disclose that a COVID-19 case would have been reported in the state if not for the vigilance of security operatives who stopped an infected person from boarding a flight to Port Harcourt.
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