Before the progression of the campaign, the Honourable Commissioner for Information and Communications, Pastor Paulinus Nsirim urged the participants to sensitize the citizens as much as they can to take preventive measures to ensure COVID-19 does not enter the state.
“Your presence here this morning goes a long way to show your commitment to the development of our state. Everyone here is aware of the Coronavirus that is plaguing the world.
Here in Rivers State, His Excellency, Barr. Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, who is a very proactive leader, set up a five man committee made of commissioners, to carry out Public Enlightenment, sensitize our people to know how they can take precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the disease here. We have been having stakeholder engagements with different stakeholder groups.
Part of our new strategy, is to ensure that everyone living in Rivers state gets this prevention message and we have agreed that the Ministry of Environment will be playing a critical role because of your professional training, and competence, especially as it relates to health behaviour.
So this morning, we want to urge you, those of you who are here, you will be going to the market, the first instance, and also to the parks, just to ensure that people know what to do as it concerns this virus.
Especially as it has to do with handwashing, how to also maintain social distance, how people should practice good respiratory hygiene, & then our social behaviour, handshake & hugging. We need to stop all those things now, because the way the disease travels is through body contact.
All of you here are going to be the foot soldiers for this exercise and we believe that as you pass this message, our state will be Coronavirus free.”
He further said that;
“A lot of measures are being put in place, as it has to do with churches, all the public parks, no more burials, no more weddings. All is designed to ensure that Rivers State is safe. So I want to thank you all for coming out.”
The Commissioner for Environment, Dr. Tamuno Igbiks stated that as an exco. decision, the Department of Environmental Health in the Ministry of Environment, has been mandated to lead the street, market and parks campaign, regardless of the placement of workers.
“I am involved, the Perm. Sec. is involved, all the HODs, and everyone is involved. Covid-19 has no respect for persons or positions. The message is a universal message, you will see it on the hand bills and stickers,” he said.
The traders, customers, transport workers and passengers professed their faith in the strides the Governor has taken to ensure residents of Rivers State are safe, and they thanked him for being proactive.