Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state has extended relaxation of the Covid-19 lockdown he imposed on Obio/Akpor and Port Harcourt Local Government Areas till Sunday.
Wike in a Wednesday evening broadcast said, the total lockdown on the Port Harcourt metropolis, expected to take effect again from Thursday following two days. (Tuesday and Wednesday) breather for residents to restock for food and medicals will now resume 17 May.
He said, “In consideration of concerns of our people, and need for residents to replenish their supplies especially, the State Security Council decided to impose night-time curfew and review the effective date of the complete lockdown on Obio/Akpor and Port Harcourt City LGAs from the Thursday 14 May to Sunday 17 May 2020 by 8.00 p.m.”
“Consequently, there will be night-time curfew from 8.00 p.m. to 6.00 a.m. Thursday 14, Friday 15 and Saturday 16 May 2020. Total lockdown on Obio/Akpor and Port Harcourt LGAs will immediately follow from 8.00 p.m. Sunday 17th May 2020 until further notice.
“Furthermore, all residents are again advised to comply with all other established measures, including the compulsory wearing of face masks and the closure of our land, sea and air boundaries and entry routes, which are still in Obio/Akpor and Port Harcourt Local Government Areas will resume from 8.00 p.m. Sunday 17th May 2020 until further notice.
“Once again, thank you for your cooperation as we continue to do all we can to stop the spread of this virus in our State with your support by staying at home and staying safe.”
Governor Wike said while on routine monitoring, he observed how difficult it has been for residents to access money from their banks to make purchases during the Two-Day window that was given.
He said: “This difficulty has, no doubt, prevented most residents of the two affected Local Government Areas from preparing and making adequate provisions for the upkeep of their families when the lockdown returns.”