- Governor Nyesom Wike says the federal government has left Rivers to its fate in the battle against novel coronavirus
- The governor accused the federal government of politicising Covid-19 crisis by building testing labs in Kano, Lagos and Ogun without doing the same in Rivers
- Wike said he was left on the lone path because of his earlier criticism of the federal government
Nyesom Wike, Rivers governor, has accused the federal government of mapping the state out of its support blueprint for other states in combating the novel coronavirus.
Wike made the allegation on Thursday, April 30, while receiving the new commissioner of police in Rivers, Joseph Mukan, who replaced Mustapha Dandaura.
According to the governor, the federal government is prioritising on some states including Kano, Lagos and Ogun in its supportive efforts towards ending the coronavirus crisis.
Wike said Rivers is exposed to visitors but despite that, the state has no "single federal intervention.”
“NCDC is building laboratories in Lagos, Ogun and Kano, without building in Rivers State," Wike said.
“This is a state that is exposed to several foreign and local visitors with no single federal intervention.”
Wike warned that Nigeria may find itself on the path of downfall if the Covid-19 crisis is being politicised, adding that he was abandoned for his criticism of the federal government.
“The northern governors and the Kano state government has demanded for assistance. Initially, the Kano State governor criticised the federal government over lack of support.
"When the support came, he said the federal government is doing well. If they also support Rivers state, we will also commend the federal government,” Wike further added.
The governor enjoined the new commissioner of police to collaborate effort with the state task force on Covid-19 to ensure that the borders tor the state remain closed.
Earlier, Legit.ng report that Governor Wike on Monday, April 27, announced the immediate deportation of Almajiris and all other beggars to their states of origin.
According to Wike, deporting the Almajiris had become necessary to protect the people of Rivers state from the threat the beggars' present in spreading coronavirus.
The governor who disclosed this in a state broadcast on COVID-19 and shared on his official social media pages said some parts of Rivers state will be on complete lockdown.
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