As measures of lockdown continue in Nigeria, the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has announced the temporary lifting of the total lockdown in some areas in the state.
According to The Punch, the concered areas are Obio/Akpor and Port Harcourt Local Government Areas, which will take place for two days with effect from Tuesday, May 12, 2020.
Wike stated that the lockdown would be reinstated on Thursday, 14th May 2020. This development was disclosed while the Governor was making an announcement in a state-wide broadcast on Sunday night.
He said, “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 the 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.”
Wike also revealed that all other established restrictions under the Executive Orders on social distancing are still in force.