The Government of Rivers State – RSG – has expressed concerns over residents non-compliance to health protocols against the spread of Covid-19 virus.
Therefore, it has warned that residents caught without facemasks will be arrested and prosecuted.
Giving the warning during a live Radio programme in Port Harcourt, the State’s Commissioner for Information and Communication, Pastor Paulinus Nsirim recalled that the state governor, Nyesom Wike had in a recent state broadcast expressed sadness over the careless attitude of many residents who flaunt directives on social distancing, wearing of facemask and other health protocols
“The Governor has expressed concern that a lot of people in the State are not obeying the protocols. Social distancing, wearing of facemask and he spoke specifically in what is happening in some churches. Government will introduce policies, the onus is on the populace to obey those policies.
“The Governor is desirous that Rivers State remains safe. That is why he is initiating policies to ensure that strategically the state is somehow isolated from the national spread.
“That is the only sure way because a lot of people are still living in denial. He said the governor’s broadcast is very clear, arrest and prosecute. Henceforth we will arrest and prosecute people not wearing facemask in public places,” the Commissioner said.
He also noted that arrangements have been concluded by the RSG to monitor churches that fail to enforce the wearing of facemask, observe the guidelines of not more than 70 persons per church service, provide water for handwashing as well as the use of hand sanitizers, adding that weddings and burial ceremonies should not exceed 50 persons.