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The Honourable Commissioner for Information and Communications, Pastor Paulinus Nsirim has charged Local Government Chairmen to engage Traditional Rulers, Community Development Committee as well as Town Announcers to sensitize the grassroots.

  At the meeting with the  council and community leaders, he said,”people migrate to Port Harcourt in their hundreds everyday. So as a responsive government, His Excellency, Chief Barr Nyesom Ezenwo Wike felt strongly that there is need for proper awareness creation, to pass prevention messages at the grassroots.

 You are the ones that are closest to the people.For you local government chairmen, as the leaders of the grassroots, you are the ones closest to those at the rural communities. Your role in passing this preventive messages cannot be over emphasized. We are enjoining you to use all the various stakeholder groups at the ward level, to create awareness.  If you need to use town announcers, use town announcers. If you need to get Traditional Rulers, or the CDCs even though we have engaged them at the state level, engage them,” he added.

The representative from the Ministry of Health and Director of Epidemiology, Dr. Nwadiuto, explained that each local government, like every hospital has been mandated to set aside an area of isolation in their various general hospitals, and advised chairmen to install veronica bucket which is a low cost handwashing method across their Local Government Areas for residents, to ensure the first step of prevention, washing of hands, is facilitated.

She urged the chairmen to cooperate with health workers to spread the word across their LGAs by carrying out door to door sensitisation in the language the locals understand, to be safeguarded from the Coronavirus.

Speaking on behalf of all the chairmen present, the chairman of all chairmen, Hon. Victor Ihunwo Nyeche promised to ensure that all local government chairmen adhere to the directives, as the health of their residents is their priority.

In line with the directive of the Governor of Rivers State, Chief Nyesom Wike, banning public activities in the state till further notice due to the menace of the Coronavirus pandemic, the Mayor of Port Harcourt City, Hon Victor Ihunwo, has announced the ban on all public gatherings in the city.

In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Bob Abayomi, in his office, last Monday, in Port Harcourt, Ihunwo   directed that all night clubs, lounges, cinemas and public parks remain closed till further notice beginning from midnight of Monday, March 23, 2020.

He also announced the ban on the following activities, public burial ceremonies, weddings, religious crusades, birthday parties with more than 50 guests.

The statement reads, “The Mayor has said that all church services to hold in the city must have not more than 50 worshippers per service with proper spacing.Residents of Port Harcourt are encouraged to practice proper personal hygiene and social distancing.

“Anybody or group of persons that runs foul of this directive will be summarily dealt with as that person is truly against the existence of humanity.As a responsible government the protection of lives is our cardinal objective and will never be taken for granted.

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