Honorable Kelechi Nwogu wrote on his twitter page @honkelechinwogu saying;
On may 4, Governor Nyesom Wike gave an executive order that every hotel in Rivers state should suspend operation, as a way of curbing the spread of covid-19.
A stern warning was issued against any hotelier planning to disobey this order, and it was clearly spelled out that such hotel would be demolished.
Let us not forget that about eight out of the 21 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the state emanated from hotels, including a returnee offshore worker who lodged also in one of the hotels in Rivers state.
MY TAKE ON THE DEMOLITION OF TWO HOTELS IN RIVERS STATE
On May 4, Governor Nyesom Wike gave an executive order that every hotel in Rivers State should suspend operation, as a way of curbing the spread of COVID-19. A stern warning was issued against any hotelier planning to
— Hon. Kelechi Nwogu (@honkelechinwogu) May 10, 2020
After the order was given, almost all the hotels suspended operations, but two recalcitrant hoteliers continued operating despite the warnings and directives.
When Rivers state Covid-19 taskforce visited prodest homes motel, eleme, members of the taskforce were beaten, and their vehicle seized.
One member of the taskforce is hospitalized after sustaining serious injuries from the attack unleashed on them.
The said hotels are in rural areas, imagine if their activities bring Covid-19 to that area, the community transmission would be colossal.
To let you know that the action of the state government has no political undertone, the young man declared wanted by the government is even the PDP youth leader in eleme.
The taskforce found him in that hotel, he immediately sent thugs to beat them up and seized the government vehicle.
For those who are of the opinion that the buildings should have been sealed off, the government took that hard decision to serve as deterrent to others, because some hoteliers would deliberately flout the order if they know their hotel won’t be demolished as earlier stated.
Don’t forget that no mansion can equate the life of anyone. We are talking about a matter of life and death here.
Finally, let us be law abiding citizens; by so doing, the government will tackle this pandemic quickly and normalcy will return.
Governor Wike during a live broadcast on Sunday night said;
“We acted against the hotelier because, apart from using the facility to jeopardize the lives of our citizens in violation of the extant law, the owner audaciously unleashed thugs lead by the Eleme Local Government Youth Leader of the Peoples Democratic Party and inflicted severe injuries on our task-force members who went to enforce the law against the continued operation of the hotel.”
He added that;
“As we speak, nobody knows the fate of the lives of most of the victims of that brazen and deadly attack given the severity of the head injuries they sustained.”