Wike heads military task force to fight COVID-19 at boundary points, public centres


By Codratus Godson

Gov Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has moved into war mode over the COVID-19 pandemic. He has set up another task force headed by him with members mostly from the security forces to wage the war at the entry points into the state.

The governor on Monday, March 23, 2020, announced new buts drastic measures to protect the state especially ban on night clubs, cinemas, etc, in addition to shutdown of schools. He also held meetings with churches to limit activities and number to 50 per session.

Transport ministry had earlier ordered only three persons per taxi and five per bus; with no crowding at bus stops.

Now, the governor issued a special notice where he has taken over the enforcement of the new orders. It reads: “Rivers State Government has set up a 12-man Task Force on the enforcement of ban on public gatherings and places of worship in order to check the spread of coronavirus.

“The Task Force is headed by His Excellency,  Nyesom Ezenwo Wike , Governor of Rivers State.

“Other members include: The Commissioner of Police,  Garrison Commander,  6 Division of the Nigerian Army,  Air Force Commander,  Naval Commander,  State Commandant, State Director, Department  of State Services,

“Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps,  Secretary to the State Government,  Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice,  Chief of Staff,  Government House,  Commissioner for Health, while the Commissioner for Information and Communication will serve as secretary.

“The Task Force will hold its inaugural meeting on Wednesday, 25th March,  2020 by 11am at the Government House Port Harcourt. Members are advised to be seated by 10.30am.”