Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike threatened to re-impose the suspended COVID-19 lockdown due to lack of compliance to COVID-19 protocols by the residents.
Wike said this on Monday in a broadcast in Port Harcourt.
He said, the residents took the advantage of the government desire for keeping the State open and allow citizens to go about their social, religious and economic activities unimpeded.
He said, the daily figures released by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control showed that both the transmission and death rates in the past two weeks had consistently increased due to non-compliance by the residents.
The governor said that government might be compelled to impose lockdown if the residents continued to disregard the protocols.
“We may be constrained to re-impose the suspended COVID-19 lockdown measures across the state if the transmission of the disease continues to increase beyond tolerable limits,” he stated.
He also observed that the state might face a serious health disaster if residents and visitors continue to behave as if the pandemic no longer exist or was impotent in Rivers.
“Accordingly, I wish to remind residents of the subsisting protocols on regular washing of hands and use of alcohol-based sanitizer; maintaining social distancing; wearing of face masks at all public places.
The governor appealed to all residents to protect themselves and their loved ones by taking the vaccine at the designated health centres in the 23 Local Government Areas of the State.
He said it had been proved that vaccinations were saving lives across the world.
“Those refusing to take the vaccines for no certified medical reasons should know that they are endangering the rest of the citizens.
“I also appeal to religious leaders and churches to convince and encourage their followers to please go out and take the vaccines and comply with the covid-19 protocols.”