Oil Companies Not Exempt From COVID-19 Measures – Wike
Companies operating in the state are to subject their staff to government precautionary measures in the battle against coronavirus.
Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike said although government have received requests from the Nigeria LNG Limited, Total E&P Nigeria Limited, International Breweries, Oilserve Limited and Nigerian Gas Company to relax the measures because of their activities, the State Government cannot grant their requests now because the protection of human life is more important than any other thing .
In a state broadcast last thursday, the governor said, “we shall review our restrictions concerning their activities when we are fully convinced that it will be reasonable to do so.
Wike confirmed the index positive case of coronavirus in the state and stated that the State Government has commenced contact tracing of all those she had contact with.
He disclosed that “the positive case is a 19-year-old female model from Edo State who resides in Port Harcourt. Her travel history reveals that she travelled to France, Italy and Greece before returning to Port Harcourt on the 16thof March, 2020”.
“On arrival to Port Harcourt, she was asymptomatic and commenced self isolation in her family house before her samples were collected and sent to the Reference Laboratory, Irruan in Edo State. The patient is presently being managed at the State Treatment Centre and she is doing excellently well”, the Governor added.
Governor Wike also announced that all markets in the state are to remain closed with effect from Saturday, 28th March, 2020 while civil servants from Grade Level 1 – 10 are to remain at home until further notice.
In a Broadcast on Thursday, Governor Wike said: “It is however unfortunate that despite all the preventive measures we put in place, our State has recorded a positive case as confirmed by the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
“As it is in normal established practice, intensive line listing and contact tracing of all those she came in contact with has commenced in full force.
“In addition, samples have been collected from high risk contacts for further evaluations while decontamination process has also commenced.
The Governor said, “all Local Government Chairmen are to head Task Forces in their various Local Government Areas that will ensure that markets remain closed. Council Chairmen are empowered to confiscate the goods of defaulters. Also commissioners and special advisers are to monitor the compliance of the above directives in their various Local Government Areas while security agencies have been directed to enforce all the decisions taken by the Security Council.”