Rivers State government denies plans to continue lockdown for 21 days

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The Rivers State Government has dismissed reports that it plans to lockdown Port Harcourt and Obio-Akpor Local Government Areas for 21 days, describing it as untrue and the handiwork of those who hate the State.

The State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Paulinus Nsirim made the clarification while speaking on a Live radio programme.


Recall that Governor Nyesom Wike had announced resumption of the lockdown placed on the two Local government areas on Sunday evening, just as the social media was rampant with news that the government plans to lockdown the state for twenty-one days.


Nsirim however, explained that since the index case of the novel Covid-19 was recorded in the State, the procedure for information dissemination is that Governor Nyesom Wike makes a broadcasts or addresses the media, while in some cases he being the spokesman of government gives out the information as regards any government intervention.


Nsirim said the people who hate the State have started using the social media to pass information to gullible members of the public.


Nsirim further said the action of the State Government and the State Security council is to ensure that there is no community transmission of the Covid-19 virus.

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