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Rivers State begins decontamination campaign

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"This issue of COVID- 19 is real and government will not hesitate to seal up and prosecute owners of banks, shopping malls, restaurants, shops, business places or offices that fail to enforce social distancing and the wearing of face masks in their premises," he said.

The Rivers state government has begun purifying public places as part of measures to protect the state from coronavirus infections.

Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike announced the plan today at the Governor’s Office in Port Harcourt. He said that as the exercise begins, all public places in the state will be purified.

He reiterated the government’s commitment to protecting the lives of every living and business person in the state.

”I have always said that the lives of Rivers people and those living and doing business in the state is paramount. Part of the reason why markets are still shut is because we have not decontaminated them.”

“As we decontaminate the markets, particularly the ones in Obio/Akpor and Port Harcourt Local Government Area, traders will undertake to abide by all relevant protocols because we are talking about the lives of people.”

“All public and private schools will be decontaminated before schools open. Churches and motor parks will also be decontaminated,” he added.

The Governor reiterated that the coronavirus is real, and because of the large number of deaths, people who deny its existence have begun to believe.

He warned that the government will not allow diehards who refuse to obey the government’s recommendations to be infected with the virus.

“This issue of COVID- 19 is real and government will not hesitate to seal up and prosecute owners of banks, shopping malls, restaurants, shops, business places or offices that fail to enforce social distancing and the wearing of face masks in their premises,” he lamented.

He urged the decontamination team not to compromise standards, but to do its best to ensure decontamination of the entire state.

The only chief executive of the Rivers State Waste Management Bureau, brother. Felix Obuah said that, a decontamination team composed of medical and environmental experts has been established in accordance with the Governor’s instructions to decontaminate public places in the state.

He commended the Governor for putting the people of the Rivers first in the fight against COVID-19, adding that after normal business activities were restored, the country’s purification would bring new living spaces to the people.

Paulinus Nsirim

Commissioner for Information and Communications

June 1, 2020.

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