Lockdown: Identify erring hotels for demolition, Wike orders taskforce

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(Portharcourt)

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state has called on the Rivers state COVID-19 task force to identify hotels still operating during the lockdown for the state government to demolish them.

He gave the order while inaugurating the task force at the Government House, Port Harcourt.

Wike also told the taskforce to identify erring beer parlours for appropriate sanction.

He warned,“From tomorrow, move in. Any hotel that is operating, identify it and we will bring down the hotels. “I have the political will. Those people who disobey will face the consequences.”

He challenged the taskforce must be decisive, to ensure that coronavirus is not accommodated in Rivers state.

The Governor reminded the taskforce members that they were drafted to fight “an invisible enemy”, adding that their duty was to defend Rivers people.

HE further admonished, “Nobody should come from outside to compound our problems. Then, you want to import this invisible killer?. We will not allow that.”

Wike, however, appealed to Rivers people to make sacrifices at this time in the fight against coronavirus, noting that “this is a period of crisis and all hands must be on deck to check coronavirus.”

“If we allow what is happening to continue, we don’t have the capacity to face it. And there will be no support from any quarter,” he said.

The governor said hotels with existing guests must send their lists to his office for scrutiny and approval.

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