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Rivers: PHALGA boss bans public gatherings, restricts church services

…As Khana council sets up sensitization committee

By: Felix Ikpotor

In line with  Governor Nyesom Wike’s directive  banning public activities in Rivers State till further notice due to the Covid19 pandemic, the Mayor of Port Harcourt City, Hon Victor Ihunwo, has announced the ban on all public gatherings in the city.

Ihunwo announced the ban in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Bob Abayomi and made available to newsmen  in Port Harcourt.

He directed that all night clubs, lounges, cinemas and public parks remain closed till further notice beginning from midnight of Monday, March 23, 2020.

He has equally announced the ban on the following activities, public burial ceremonies, weddings, religious crusades, birthday parties with more than 50 guests.

The statement reads, “The Mayor has said that all church services to hold in the city must have not more than 50 worshippers per service with proper spacing.

“Residents of Port Harcourt are encouraged to practice proper personal hygiene and social distancing.

“Anybody or group of persons that runs foul of this directive will be summarily dealt with as that person is truly against the existence of humanity.

“As a responsible government the protection of lives is our cardinal objective and will never be taken for granted.

“The council has set up a surveillance team to ensure that this directive is carried out effectively”, the statement added.

Similarly, the Khana local government council has inaugurated an 8-man Covid19 sensitisation committee in the area.

According to a statememnt by the council boss, Elder Lahteh Loolo the members includes: Dr. Leton Ekoro as Chairman, Dr. Christian Kina as Secretary.

Other members of the committee are Hon. Dumka Rogers Philip, Comrade Christian Saro Ganale, Hon. Hellen Pius Beekue, The Divisional Police officer, Bori, The – Divsional officer NSCDC Khana LGA and the

Head of DSS Khana LGA.

The committee is expected to go round the communities of Ogoni to sensitize the people.

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