Wike Demolishes Hotel Over Lockdown Violation
Rivers State Governor , Nyesom Wike , on Sunday supervised the demolition of two hotels in Eleme and Onne for violating the Executive Order 6 of the state government , which banned the operation of hotels in the state .
The affected hotels , Prudent Hotel, Alode in Eleme , and Etemeteh Hotel in Onne , were said to have been operating despite the executive order barring all hotels in the 23 LGAs of the state from opening for business to check the spread of COVID- 19 .
Wike , after monitoring the exercise , maintained that the law must be obeyed , hence the state government ’ s decision to enforce it.
The governor disclosed that those involved in the crime would be prosecuted , adding that the Managing Director of the hotel in Onne has been arrested .
“ Government has no alternative but to apply the Executive order , which I signed before the lockdown of Obio /Akpor and Port Harcourt. I called all the traditional rulers and council chairmen and told them to ensure that no hotel operates in the state .
“ We are not saying it will be forever . This is for now, so that we know where we are .
To reduce the cases and check the spread.
“ Whether you are PDP or not , all we are saying is that nobody is above the law . If we can do this to a PDP person , then you know we are not discriminatory .
“ Everyone must obey . Whether you are in PDP, SDP or no party , you must obey the law . If any other person does the same thing , the same rule will apply , ” he said .
Wike restated his declaration that no hotel should operate anywhere in the state .
“ We said no hotel should operate within this period . Unfortunately , the PDP Youth Leader in Eleme joined others to flout the Executive Order . Therefore , the executive order will be applied .
“ We said if any hotel operates , government will bring down that hotel. We are doing what we have told people that we are going to do . Nobody wants to obey any rule . We are saying just for now , keep off, let us see how we can keep our people safe , ” he said .
The governor added that the focus on hotels was due to the fact that one of the cases in the state spread the virus from a hotel.
He said , “ Look at the rate of infections ; most of these people are found in hotels . Look at the man that died , he was at Mingi Hotel in Rumumasi . Due to that contact, we have had other seven cases.
“ People should help us and support government for Rivers people to be safe . Security Council will meet to review the strategies and achievements or setbacks , moving forward .
“ All we are doing is to protect our people. Some people may not like our strategies , but our objective is to achieve results . ”
Promising that the state government will always continue to protect the people, Wike insisted that the fight against the spread of coronavirus was serious .
“ People talk about hunger . But it is only a living person that can discuss hunger . We will continue to work to protect our people . What we are doing is to tell the people that the state government is serious .
“ This being led by me , people should know that the state government is determined to ensure that we defeat coronavirus , ” he said .