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Wike Heads Task Force on Public Gatherings

Governor Nyesom Wike  is heading a12-man task force raised to enforce the embargo on public gatherings in Rivers State following the rising cases of Coronavirus across the federation.

Members of the panel include the Commissioner of Police; Garrison Commander, 6 Division of the Nigerian Army; Air Force Commander; Naval Commander; NSCDC State Commandant and DSS State Director.

Other members are the Secretary to the State Government (SSG); Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice; Chief of Staff, Government House; Commissioner for Health as well as the Commissioner for Information and Communication who is serving as secretary.

Meanwhile The Rivers State Government closed down the popular Oil Mill Market with effect from Wednesday, March 25, 2020.

According to the Honourable Commissioner for Information and Communications, Rivers State, anyone found trading in the market will be arrested by security agents.

The weekly Oil Mill Market hosts heavy commercial activities with people coming from neighbouring states.

Also, Chairman of the 5-man Rivers State Inter-ministerial Committee on COVID-19 Public Enlightenment, Pastor Paulinus Nsirim, has called for selflessness on the part of message porveyors in the quest to prevent the virus from the State.

Making the call in an address to Environmental Health Officers in the State, preparatory to the commencement of Coronavirus campaign to traders in markets and car parks in the State, the Chairman urged them to do their best in ensuring that the populace becomes aware of what is required of them to be in good stead to protect themselves from infection.

Nsirim, who is also the State Commissioner for Information and Communications, told the staff of the Ministry of Environment that the campaign is part of the new strategy of the Committee towards ensuring creating necessary awareness on Coronavirus infection prevention in the State.

He urged them to go “to the markets, in the first instance, and also go to the parks, just to ensure that people know what they should do as it concerns this virus, especially as it has to do with hand washing, how to also maintain social distance, how people should practice good respiratory hygiene, and then our social behaviour – hand shake and hugging”.

He explained that considering the manner in which the virus is contacted and the speed with which it is spread, Governor Nyesom Wike deemed it necessary to adopt preventive measures at this stage that the State is free of the virus.

Also speaking, to the Chairman’s call, the Commissioner for Environment, Dr Igbiks Tamuno, reminded members of staff of the Environment ministry to view it as their contribution in the fight against the virus.

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