Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has given reasons why he demolished the two hotels that disobeyed his executive orders in Alode and Etemeteh Hotel in Onne, both in Eleme Local Government Area of the state.
The governor said that those hotels violated the executive order of the Rivers State government that he signed that no hotel should operate in the state because of Covid-19 pandemic.
He said that the focus on hotels was because one of the coronavirus cases in the state spread the virus from a hotel.
Wike was at the scene to 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.
While speaking with the newsmen he said;
“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 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.
The governor went further to stressed that the rule of law must be obeyed and nobody is above the law.
“Nobody wants to obey any rules. 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.
“All we are doing is to protect our people. Some people may not like our strategies, but our objective is to achieve results. ”