Covid-19: Rsg Demolishes 2 Hotels For Flouting Lockdown Orders, State Executive Order 6


Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike on Sunday monitored the demolition of Prudent Hotel, Alode, Eleme, in line with Rivers State Government Executive Order 6, which banned the operation of hotels across the 23

Local Government Areas of the State.

The Rivers State Government also demolished Etemeteh Hotel, Onne on Sunday. Both hotels flouted Rivers State Government Executive Order 6

Governor Wike told journalists that the law must be obeyed, hence the State Government's decision to enforce it.

He said: "Government has no alternative but toapply the Executive order which I signed before the lockdown of Obio/Akpor and Port

Harcourt. I called all the Traditional Rulers and Council Chairmen and told them to ensure that no hotel operates in the State.

"We are not saying it will be forever. This is for now, so that we know where we are. To reduce the cases and check the spread.

"Whether you are PDP or not, all we are saying is that nobody is above the law. If we can do this to a PDP person, then you know we are not discriminatory. Everyone must obey. Whether you are in PDP, SDP or no party, you must obey the law. If any other person does the same

thing, the same rule will apply. "

Governor Wike reiterated his declaration that no hotel should operate anywhere in the state.

"We said no hotel should operate within this period. Unfortunately, the PDP Youth Leader in Eleme joined others to flout the Executive

Order. Therefore, the executive order will be applied.

"We said if any hotel operates, Government will bring down that hotel.

We are doing what we have told people that we are going to do.

"Nobody wants to obey any rules. We are saying just for now, keep off, let us see how we can keep our people safe", he said.

The Governor said that the focus on hotels is due to the fact that one of the cases in the state spread the virus from a hotel.

He said: "Look at the rate of infections, most of these people are found in hotels. Look at the man that died, he was at Mingi Hotel in

Rumumasi. Due to that contact, we have had other seven cases.

"People should help us and support Governmentfor Rivers people to be safe. Security Council will meet to review thestrategies and achievements or setbacks, moving forward.

"All we are doing is to protect ourpeople. Some people may not like our strategies, but our objectives to achieve results "

He assured that the State Government will alwayscontinue to protect the people. He said the fight against the spread ofcoronavirus is serious, that is why he is leading it personally.

"People talk about hunger. But it is only a living person that can discuss hunger. We will continue to work to protect our people.

"What we are doing is to tell the people that the State Government is serious.  

This being led by me, people should know that the State Government is determined to ensure that we defeat coronavirus,"he said.

He said those involved in the crime will be prosecuted. He said that the Managing Director of the hotel at Onne has been arrested.

Pictures: Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike addressing journalists during the demolition of Prudent Hotel, Alode, Eleme on Sunday.