Government Areas in Rivers State took on another dimension, as the state
governor, Nyesom Wike, personally monitored the demolition of two hotels in the
Eleme Council for allegedly flouting the state executive order.
Hotel, Eleme Hotel and Etemeteh Hotel, Onne Hotel.
government to recognise traditional rulers and set up a task force in their
respective communities and enforce the closing of shops, hotels and beer
parlors throughout the state.
State COVID-19 Local Government Task Force, Wike urged them to recognize hotels
still in service after the lock-up and demolition of beer parlors.
is operating, identify it and we will bring down the hotels. I have the
political will. Those people who disobey will face the consequences.
names of the two hotels, declaring that they would be demolished for flouting
the State Government Executive Order 6 which is said to have banned the
operation of hotels across the 23 Local Government Areas of the State.
from Port Harcourt to Eleme with other convoys and monitored the demolitions of
the hotels from the beginning to the end. He told newsmen that the law must be
obeyed, hence the State Government’s decision to enforce it.
behavior, describing it as tyranny and worse than the military dictatorship.
Many human rights advocates who have taken to social media have described it as
cruel, tragic developments in the state, adding that the hotel owners should
have been granted a fair hearing.
it was wrong for the governor to act on hear-say, without concrete evidence
that the hotels operated during the lockdown. He maintained that the owners
would have been given the opportunity to speak.
was made on Saturday and by today (Sunday) under a window of 12 hours the
sanction has been executed.
demolition the only punitive sanction? If the owners of the hotel were
operating in violation of the lock down, wouldn’t have been better to stage a
sting operation and catch them red handed so as to punish the culprits.
people de-marketing the state. What can be worse for business than a state that
advertises scant regard to right to private property. It’s quite a pity that
people are not rising up to condemn this descent into utter absolutism.
demolition, Wike said: “Government has no alternative but to apply the
Executive order which I signed before the lockdown of Obio/Akpor and Port
Harcourt. I called all the Traditional
that no hotel operates in the State.
now, so that we know where we are in order to reduce the cases and check the
that nobody is above the law. If we can do this to a PDP person, then you know
we are not discriminatory. Everyone must obey. Whether you are in PDP, SDP or
no party, you must obey the law. If any other person does the same thing, the
same rule will apply. “
hotel should operate anywhere in the state.
period. Unfortunately, the PDP Youth Leader in Eleme joined others to flout the
Executive Order. Therefore, the executive order will be applied.
bring down that hotel. We are doing what we have told people that we are going
for now, keep off, let us see how we can keep our people safe”, he said.
to the fact that one of the cases in the state spread the virus from a hotel.
these people are found in hotels. Look at the man that died, he was at Mingi
Hotel in Rumumasi. Due to that contact, we have had other seven cases.
Rivers people to be safe. Security Council will meet to review the strategies
and achievements or setbacks, moving forward.
people may not like our strategies, but our objective is to achieve results. “
continue to protect the people. He said the fight against the spread of
coronavirus is serious, that is why he is leading it personally.
person that can discuss hunger. We will continue to work to protect our people.
State Government is serious. This being led by me, people should know that the
State Government is determined to ensure that we defeat coronavirus,” he said.
Managing Director of the Onne Hotel had been arrested.
hotels proved unsuccessful, because their communications were not obtained at
the time this report was published.