- Rivers state government has lifted the lockdown imposed on Obio/Akpor and Port Harcourt LGAs for two days
- Governor Nyesom Wike said the decision was reached to allow "residents restock foodstuffs and medicines"
- The governor had, barely 24 hours before the decision, demolished two hotels for allegedly violating the lockdown directives
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Nyesom Wike, Rivers governor, has announced a partial lifting of lockdown imposed on Obio/Akpor and Port Harcourt local government areas for two days.
Addressing the people of the Rivers through a state-wide broadcast on Sunday night, May 10, Governor Wike said the decision was reached to allow residents to restock enough foodstuffs and other necessities.
The governor's decision was contained in a statement by his special assistant on electronic media, Simeon Nwakaudu.
Legit.ng gathers that the temporary lifting of the lockdown will take with effect from Tuesday, May 12, and end on Thursday, May 14.
"Consequently, we have given due consideration to the propositions on the way forward by well-meaning citizens of the state, and after a cautious review of the situation, decided to implement a partial relaxation of the lockdown measures, to enable residents to have some fresh air and replenish their foodstuffs and medicines.
"To this end, I hereby announce the temporary lifting of the total lockdown on Obio/Akpor and Port Harcourt Local Governments Areas for two days only, with effect from Tuesday 12th May 2020.
"All shops, supermarkets, and malls can open to the public for Tuesday and Wednesday, 12 and 13 May 2020.
"Similarly, all hospitals and banks can also open and provide full services to the public;
"While oil and gas companies are required to submit the list of their staff on essential duties to Government, note that there is no ban on the lifting of petroleum products from depots and other receptacles," part of the statement read.
Meanwhile, the governor also banned gathering on public burials, weddings, and religious gathering of more than 50 persons.
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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that two hotels in Rivers state have been pulled down on the orders of the state government for allegedly violating the lockdown directives issued recently by Governor Nyesom Wike.
The governor had imposed a lockdown in two local government areas of the state and directed all hotels in the area to suspend services immediately as parts of measures to check the spread of COVID-19.
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