By Our Reporter
A non-political pressure group, Rivers Professionals Group (RIVPRO) has commended Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers for adopting proactive steps towards curtailing Coronavirus pandemic in the state.
The group made the commendation on Tuesday during its routine virtual central working committee meeting.
Mr Enemi George, Leader of the Group and lawmaker representing Asari-Tori State Constituency 2 during the meeting solicited cooperation from residents of the state in the battle against the dreaded disease.
George, also Chairman, House Committee on Information & Training, said that the Rivers State government had in the past months displayed very unique and unprecedented measures which guaranteed public health in the state.
He said timely boarder/market closures, well calculated sit-at-home directives were commendable strategies aimed at curbing spread of the disease.
George also revealed that the government has embarked on robust distribution of palliatives to the 23 local government areas to help cushion effects of the lockdown on residents.
“First, the governor ensured a very functional public healthcare strategy that helped in curtailment of the disease within the state.
“The strategic and timely lockdown in the state as well as effective boarder control mechanisms and other stringent measures we believe helped to minimize the disease spread is indeed commendable.
“These measures adopted thus far, is a major reason why Rivers has not become an epicenter,” he added.
The lawmaker explained that the state being the headquarters of the hydrocarbon industry, would have had worse experience just like Lagos state.
“Like Lagos, Rivers is also very volatile, if not for these thoughtful models by the state government.
“We commend the governor and his team, the public health professionals and all those at the frontline services in combating the pandemic,” he said.
George also revealed that the state government whilst trying to encourage farmers during the lockdown, instituted an unprecedented programme by off-taking basic agricultural consumables from local farmers.
“The state government has built a food bank where these agricultural products were stored for onwards distribution to the 23 local area councils as palliative to the vulnerable groups.
“This measures have undoubtedly intensified our local production, boosted our local economy as well as provide succour to the poor during the lockdown,’’ he said.