Burial in Rivers without govt approval attracts N10million fine, says Gov Wike

Burial in Rivers without govt approval attracts N10million fine, says Gov Wike

- A new executive order geared towards combating the spread of coronavirus has been signed in Rivers state

- The order which has been gazetted prescribes N10million fine for any burial conducted without government approval

- According to the order, burials must hold with not more than 50 persons including family members in attendance

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Rivers governor, Barrister Nyesom Wike, has signed a new executive order to check the spread of coronavirus pandemic in the state.

The order which has been gazetted prescribes N10million fine for any burial conducted contrary to its provisions.

Section 3 stipulated that any person intending to hold a public burial in the state or take any corpse outside the state for burial must apply to the governor for approval through the commissioner for health.

Burial in Rivers without govt approval attracts N10million fine, says Gov Wike

Governor Wike continues to reiterate that the safety and welfare of the Rivers people is his priority. Photo credit: RVSG
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It further said an application for such burial must be accompanied by a death certificate showing whether or not the death was related to COVID-19.

Section 4 of the order said: “The applicant shall pay a penalty of N10,000,000 to the government of Rivers state for any breach of the conditions, guidelines or protocols specified in the approval and set out herein.”

It said a situation where the person died of coronavirus, the burial must hold between 9am to 12noon with not more than 50 persons including family members in attendance.

Meanwhile, a group, Centre for Public Trust has bemoaned the exclusion of the Rivers state deputy governor, Dr Mrs Ipalibo Harry- Banigo from the state task force on COVID-19.

The group in a statement sent to journalists on Sunday, May 17 and signed by its head of programmes, Sotonye George, wondered why Governor Wike sidelined his deputy, despite the fact that she is a very experienced medical doctor and public health professional of repute.

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The group noted that the deputy governor is a very experienced medical doctor and public health professional of repute, adding that her absence on the team is a huge gap.

In a related development, some Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) recently expressed outrage over the demolition of two hotels by Governor Nyesom Wike for flouting the lockdown directives of the Rivers state government.

The CSOs in a statement on Wednesday, May 13, described Governor Wike's action as “an act of impunity, assault on rule of law and setback to civilisation.”

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