Governor Nyesom Wike has reiterated his earlier position that the lockdown imposed in most parts of Rivers State is not political, but taken to protect the lives of Rivers people.
The governor revealed this on a live radio phone-in programme in Port Harcourt on today. Wike disclosed that his first priority is to protect the lives of Rivers people amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The governor however, expressed disatisfaction with those who have decided to politicise the actions taken by the state government to curtail the spread of the coronavirus. He reminded his critics that he started the lockdown measures from Obio/Akpor LGA, his own LGA.
He outlined the economic cost of the lockdown to the state as no revenue will be generated within the period. He also said that most civilised countries are still on lockdown and therefore, urged residents to comply with the state’s directive.
The total lockdown on Port Harcourt and Obio/Akpor local government areas begins tomorrow.