By Idowu Abdullahi,
Worried by the continued spread of coronavirus, the Rivers State Government has pulled down two hotels for flouting the government’s Executive Order 6 which banned operations of hotels across the 23 Local Government Areas of the state.
It explained that the demolition of Prudent Hotel, Alode, Eleme, and Etemeteh Hotel, Onne areas of the state was in line with the government’s measures to ensure the safety of the citizens and mitigate the community spread of the virus.
The state’s Governor, Nyesom Wike, said the demolition exercise was to serve as deterrents to violators and place on record that law and order reign supreme in the state, adding that the Managing Director of the hotel in Onne has been arrested while others still at large will be arrested and prosecuted accordingly.
Wike, through a statement his Special Assitant on Electronic Media, Simeon Nwakaudu, stressed that his administration would stop at nothing in ensuring law and order are maintained in the state irrespective of religious, ethnic or political affiliations.
Also, the Governor said the prompt response and accompanied demolition of the hotels by the government were informed by the fact that one of the cases in the state spread the virus from a hotel.
“We said no hotel should operate within this period. Unfortunately, the PDP Youth Leader in Eleme joined others to flout the Executive Order. Therefore, the executive order will be applied.
“We said if any hotel operates, the government will bring down that hotel. We are doing what we have told people that we are going to do. Nobody wants to obey any rule. We are saying just, for now, keep off, let us see how we can keep our people safe.
“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 rulers and council chairmen and told them to ensure that no hotel operates in the state.
“We are not saying it will be forever. This is for now so that we know where we are. To reduce the cases and check the spread.
“Whether you are PDP or not, all we are saying is 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,” the statement said.