Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike has berated the Buhari led government for politicizing the fight against coronavirus.
The governor described the selective support the federal government as an unfortunate situation.
Wike in a Broadcast on Sunday, condemned the exclusion of his state (Rivers) from the federal government grant in the fight against covid-19.
He however noted that, despite the exclusion the Federal Government has continued to put the lives of Rivers People at risk by flying expatriates into Rivers State.
He said: “It is quite unfortunate that the containment of the coronavirus has been politicized by the Federal Government.
“Lagos State received a grant of N10billion as a commercial hub, Rivers State as a nation’s oil and gas hub that produces the nation’s wealth has not received any support from Federal Government.
“Rivers State is entitled to support from the Federal Government. Every day, we are inundated with letters from the Federal Government to allow oil companies to fly in expatriates to drill Oil.
“Then we ask, what is the status of those coming from Lagos? Nobody has told us their status as regards coronavirus.
“If they have to come to Rivers without us knowing their status, what will be implication assuming they have the virus?.”
Meanwhile, the governor has called on markets to open for public on 7th and 8th of April from 7am – 12pm.
He also declared that Oil Mill Market, Mbiama Market and Slaughter Market will remain closed till further notice.
“All markets in the state except Oil Mill Market, Mbiama Market and Slaughter Market at Trans-Amadi.
“After those two days, the markets will remain closed. This is to enable residents shop for Easter and also replenish their stock of foodstuffs.
— Gov N E Wike Information. (@GovWike) April 5, 2020