DETERMINED to check the spread of COVID-19 in the state, the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew on some parts of Port Harcourt and its environs
Wike also granted waiver to newspaper distributors, media practitioners and other professionals in the state.
In a state broadcast on Monday in Port Harcourt, the governor listed areas that would be affected by the curfew which would begin on Tuesday (today) as Obiri-Ikwerre Junction (Ozuoba, Rumualogu), Choba and Education Bus-stop to Agip Junction.
On the waiver granted to different categories of persons, the governor listed other affected professionals as medical and pharmaceutical personnel, food and beverages, essential oil and gas staff, petroleum products.
“With effect from Tuesday, March 31, 2020 there will be a dusk to dawn curfew from Obiri-Ikwerre Junction (Ozuoba, Rumualogu) to Choba and from Education Bus Stop to Agip Junction, Ikwerre Road.
“All beer parlours and public drinking joints are hereby closed because they have suddenly become an extension of night clubs that were earlier shut down. Any beer parlour or public drinking joint found to be open shall be acquired by the state government.
“All landlords are advised to warn their tenants who use their property as beer parlours or public drinking joints to adhere to this directive. Traditional rulers, youth leaders and community development committees are to ensure that beer parlours and public drinking joints in their areas remain closed.”
He, however, charged traditional rulers, youth leaders and Community Development Committees to ensure that all beer parlours remained closed, saying, any traditional ruler “who allows markets to be open in his domain will be deposed.”
Wike warned that further violation of the directive for markets to remain closed would attract a statewide curfew.
Wike maintained that beneficiaries of the waiver must identify themselves with valid identity cards.