COVID-19 Lockdown: Obey RSG order, stay at home- Community sensitises residents

Mgbuoshimi Community in Rumueme Kingdom of Obio/Akpor Local Government Area, Rivers, on Friday sensitised residents to obey the Rivers Government’s lockdown order, meant to curb the spread of  Coronavirus (COVID-19).

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An opinion leader in the community, Chief Lucky Okochi told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Mgbuoshimini community, that the sensitisation was to explain the importance of the lockdown order.

Okochi disclosed that the community had set-up a COVID-19 sensitisation committee to domesticate the message of the ravaging pandemic.

He said that the initiative to enlighten the people was the community’s contribution to the Rivers government’s efforts at curtailing the virus that was spreading like wild fire.

“We have formed COVID-19 Taskforce in the community, and we are currently carrying out sensitisation on the COVID-19 lockdown order by the Rivers Government.

“We are going round the two villages of Oroakwo and Oroazi, which make up Mgbuoshini community, to Federal Housing area and its suburbs to sensitise the people on the need to stay at home.

“The need to maintain physical distance even when they are in their various premises in order to curb the spread of Coronavirus,” he said.

Okochi urged the residents to limit their movement within their premises to avoid being arrested by the police and taken to the state’s isolation centre for court trial.

“Most of the compounds in the estate and community are large enough for residents to exercise if they so wish to do, so residents should stay within their compounds and also observe social distance.

“But coming out to the streets will encourage many people to be on the streets and the essence of the lockdown will be defeated.’’

The community opinion leader pleaded that the lockdown would not last forever and it was for the benefit of all.

He commended Gov. Wike and the Rivers Taskforce on COVID-19, for doing well and pledged the community’s support.

Chief Ndidi Livingstone, Leader of Mgbuoshimini Community Taskforce on COVID-19, said that the community was embarking on the sensitisation to avoid attracting the wrath of the state government, on violating the lockdown order.

Livingstone said that the police would arrest anyone found violating the order after the sensitisation.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that officers of the Divisional Police Station in the area accompanied the community leaders and youths during the sensitisation.

The Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike had announced an indefinite lockdown of Port Harcourt City and Obio/Akpor LGAs to curb the spread of COVID-19.(NAN)

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