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Rivers state Commissioner for Information and Communications, Pastor Paulinus Nsirim said public places such as parks, cinemas and restaurants can re-open for business but should operate within the hours of 6am to 9pm daily.
Speaking at the end of an emergency Executive Council meeting at Government House , Nsirim said night clubs and bars as well as Oil Mill Market and Slaughter Market, Oginigba remain closed and warned that all the reopened public places must adhere strictly to the COVID-19 protocols or face severe sanctions.
Also, all secondary schools, vocational Schools, universities and other tertiary institutions in Rivers are to resume for academic work with effect from Monday October 5, 2020.
The Commissioner for Education, Professor Kaniye Ebeku who announced this, said the Rivers State Executive Council approved the reopening of schools in the State at an emergency session presided over by the State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike last Friday.
Professor Ebeku however stated that based on expert medical advice, Council did not approve the reopening of primary schools and added that Council also approved the setting up of a seven-man Taskforce to monitor and enforce the compliance of COVID-19 protocols in the various schools.
The Taskforce, he said, has the Administrator of Greater Port Harcourt, Ambassador Desmond Akawor as Chairman while Mr. Rufus Godwins, Head of the State Civil Service, Commissioner for Health, Professor Princewill Chike, Commissioner for Social Welfare, Mrs. Inime Aguma, Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Mrs. Ifeyinwa Nwankpa and Commissioner for Information and Communications, Paulinus Nsirim are to serve as members.
Commissioner for Education, Professor Kaniye Ebeku is to serve as Secretary.
Meanwhile the Commissioner for Social Welfare, Mrs. Inime Aguma said Government has reviewed the compliance of citizens as it relates to Executive Order 16 on the conduct of marriages in the State.
Mrs Aguma stated that henceforth, applications for marriages must be accompanied with an affidavit stating that there would be no reception, stating that a fine of One Hundred Million Naira awaits defaulters of the Extant Regulations.
She added that Local Government Chairmen are to be held responsible if they fail to monitor compliance in their various areas.