Wike enacts N10m fine for weddings against COVID-19 guidelines

Wike enacts N10m fine for weddings against COVID-19 guidelines

- Henceforth, weddings in Rivers must be organised with the utmost adherence to guidelines that will curb the spread of coronavirus

- Governor Nyesom Wike said that failure to do this will attract a fine of N10 million

- Wike announced this during a state executive council meeting on Thursday, June 25

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In order to discourage the violation of the lockdown order in Rivers state, Governor Nyesom Wike has imposed the sum of N10 million as fine on any violator.

According to Pastor Paulinus Nsirim, the commissioner for information and communication, Governor Wike enacted this harsh punishment during the state's executive council in a meeting presided over by him on Thursday, June 25, The Nation reports.

Nsirim said that the council agreed that henceforth, would-be couples in the state must apply to the governor through the social welfare and rehabilitation commission.

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Wike enacts N10m fine for weddings against COVID-19 guidelines
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state
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The commissioner disclosed that the application must contain the names of the concerned persons and the venue to be used.

He went on to inform residents that the number of persons to be present for each wedding ceremony must not exceed 50, adding that this also applies to burials.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the governor of Imo, Hope Uzodinma, had reacted to the defiance of some persons in the state with regards to the safety rules necessary to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

Uzodinma on Wednesday, June 24, said that anyone who refuses to observe social distancing and fails to use face masks will be arrested and prosecuted.

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His words: “In the circumstances, I must make it clear that all safety measures must be adhered to. Henceforth, any person or group caught in breach of any of the safety measures will be promptly arrested and prosecuted by the mobile court.”

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Added to this, the federal government had announced that all schools across levels remain closed.

The government made this known through a circular dated Friday, May 8, channelled to heads of commissions and regulatory bodies in the education sector.

The ministry of education, through the memo, warned the authorities across education levels to dismiss the trending fake news that there has been an order for the reopening of the schools.

Legit.ng gathered that the circular was sent to the executive secretaries, National Universities Commission (NUC), National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE) and the director, Basic and Secondary Education (BSE).

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