Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has temporary lifted the 24-hour curfew in the state capital comprising Port Harcourt and Obio-Akpor local government areas.
Wike, who said in a statewide broadcast that the curfew would return on Thursday, explain that the temporary relief was to enable people to replenish their foodstuffs and medicine.
He said: “Consequently, we have given due consideration to the propositions on the way forward by well-meaning citizens of the State, and after a cautious review of the situation, decided to implement a partial relaxation of the lockdown measures, to enable residents to have some fresh air and replenish their foodstuffs and medicines
“To this end, I hereby announce the temporary lifting of the total lockdown on Obio/Akpor and Port Harcourt Local Governments Areas for two days only, with effect from Tuesday 12th May 2020.
“All shops, supermarkets, and malls can open to the public for Tuesday and Wednesday, 12 and 13 May 2020. Similarly, all hospitals and banks can also open and provide full services to the public;
“While oil and gas companies are required to submit the list of their staff on essential duties to Government, note that there is no ban on the lifting of petroleum products from depots and other receptacles. The total lockdown on Obio/Akpor and Port Harcourt Local Government Areas will be reinstated on Thursday 14th May 2020 and remain until further notice.”
The governor in a statement signed by his Special Assistant on Electronic Media, Simeon Nwakaudu, said all other established restrictions under the Executive Orders on social distancing remained in force.
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