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Why I demolished Two Hotels – Gov.Wike.

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By Glam & Essence

It is no longer news that Rivers State governor, Governor Nyesom Wike ordered and even supervised the demolition of two hotels, Prodest Hotel in Alode and Etemeteh Hotel in Onne, both in Eleme Local Government Area of Rivers state,for flounting the lockdown order in the state.The action of Gov Wike has been viewed with mixed feelings by many in the state and beyond,with many backlash following his decision.
The governor has come out to give reasons why he demolished the two hotels.

According to Gov.Wike, the hotels were demolished after it violated an Executive Order on COVID 19, despite warnings from the State government.
The Governor said that the focus on hotels was because one of the coronavirus cases in the state spread from a hotel.
Wike, who monitored the demolition of Prodest Hotel, Alode, Eleme, said his action was in line with the Rivers State Government Executive Order 6, which banned the operation of hotels across the 23 Local Government Areas of the State.
He told newsmen at the demolition scene that the law must be obeyed, hence, the State Government’s decision to enforce it.
“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.”He explained.
Speaking further,he said,”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 the PDP, SDP or no party, you must obey the law. If any other person does the same thing, the same rule will apply.
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 rules and we are saying just for now, keep off, let us see how we can keep our people safe.
Look at the rate of infections, most of these people are found in hotels. Look at the man that died, he was at Mingi Hotel in Rumumasi. Due to that contact, we have had other seven cases.
People should help us and support the Government for Rivers people to be safe. The Security Council will meet to review the strategies and achievements or setbacks, moving forward.”

Stressing further,the governor explained that,“all we are doing is to protect our people. Some people may not like our strategies, but our objective is to achieve results. ”

The governor insisted that his declaration that no hotel should operate anywhere in the state stands, adding that the Managing Director of the hotel at Onne has been arrested.

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