Pressure is starting to mount on Gov Nyesom Wike of Rivers State to introduce palliatives and create meals and important commodities (essenco) corridor to avert civil revolt.
The social media area and native radio stations are awash with requires such measures to cut back the seemingly harsh orders of shutting down all entry factors and markets within the state.
Tv footages have proven lengthy queues on the boundaries with travellers sleeping on the street.
A lot of the motorists advised newsmen they have been going to different states reminiscent of Lagos and Calabar. The queue on the Imo River boundary to Abia State was filled with lorries, vehicles, and trailers.
Prime company entities have pleaded for exemptions and this was turned down.
A robust feminine voice, the previous member of the Home of Meeting, Victoria Nyesche, mentioned sufficient discover was not given and decried what she referred to as unfavourable impression on residents. She lamented the absence of palliatives and urged the governor to emulate Delta, Akwa Ibom, and Lagos states.
Nyeche, who donated meals, clothes, and monetary help to 250 constituents notably widows and orphans, mentioned: Starvation kills greater than virus, authorities and company organisations ought to donate meals, cash, and so on, to residents.
Including a collective voice, the Rivers State Civil Society Organisations (RivCSOs) led by Enefaa Georgewill, who recommended the state authorities for the drastic measures to curtail unfold of COVID-19, nonetheless, referred to as for evaluate of the stringent ones reminiscent of boundary closure and markets being shut down.
Georgewill in an announcement in Port Harcourt feared the scenario might create extra issues like starvation virus, meals theft, and well being challenges like panic, hypertension and outright civil disobedience.
RivCSO thus referred to as on the state authorities to evaluate a few of its earlier positions by suggesting the fee of salaries to civil servants to inventory meals, and ask non-public employers to accomplish that. Authorities ought to chill out the half pf its resolution to shut all markets together with meals gadgets.
RivCSO urged the federal government to take into account meals centres plus meals and medication corridor and to liaise with the non-public sector to type a coalition of aid and help to assist the lots. Authorities ought to liaise with service suppliers like PHED, cable community suppliers and communication community suppliers to present free or cheaper providers inside this era as a part of their company social accountability (CSR) to encourage residents to keep at residence.
The federal government also needs to prevail on all landlord within the state not to disturb or pressurise any tenant for lease right now, as this may distort and never allow the sit-at-residence directives of presidency and should enhance the chance and chance of extra unfold of the virus within the state.
The CSOs need the governor to clarify on the state of preparedness ought to the scenario get greater than the one particular person up to now and there point out the situation of isolation and remedy centres, if any.
In the meantime, Gov Wike who made himself chairman of the duty pressure on closure of markets and limits led the workforce around the state on Saturday, day one, and expressed satisfaction with the extent of compliance.
Talking after main the duty pressure, the governor mentioned: “We’re glad with the extent of compliance, despite the fact that there are those that thought that the closure of markets is not going to take impact from the primary day. We may even exit tomorrow. After tomorrow, we are going to know if we are going to apply extra stringent measures on Monday.
“What we are doing is to protect the lives of our people. Some people may talk about the inconvenience, but you must be alive to talk about food. This is the time everyone must make sacrifices. This disease affects the entire population. Whatever measures we bring out is to curtail the spread of this deadly virus.”