COVID-19: Wike approves construction of schools on sites of demolished hotels

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has approved the construction of a public school on the site of one of the two demolished hotels in the state, Prodest Hotel in Alode, Eleme local government area of the state.

Recall that the state government on Sunday demolished Prodest Hotel and Etemeteh Hotel in Onne over alleged violation of the Executive Order on COVID-19.

The state Commissioner for Information and Communications, Paulins Nsirim, who disclosed this to journalists Wednesday in Port Harcourt, said one of the members of the state Task Force on COVID-19 was reportedly lost his life last night. Governor Wike and the Rivers state security council took the decision to demolish the hotels in the interest of the Rivers State and her people. He added.

“Having demolished that hotel, Governor Wike has approved that a primary school be constructed at that location to serve Rivers people. This is what a responsive government will do.

“The fight against coronavirus in the state has been premised on the rule of law. It was Governor Wike who first signed an executive order that led to border closure and other actions.

Nsirim further stated that the fight against coronavirus in Rivers state is in the interest of Rivers people and the entire country.

“It was also done to protect officials of the Rivers state government who are implementing the executive order. No government will allow its officials to be killed by thugs whilst they carry out lawful directive.”

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Meanwhile, the former President of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Chief Onueze Okocha (SAN), has declared that the Executive Orders signed by Wike are appropriate.

He advised anyone who is uncomfortable with the Executive Orders to approach the courts.