Rivers State

#Lockdown: Again, Gov Wike ‘Suspends’ Rivers LG Chairman. Is This Legal?

Rivers State Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has announced the one-month suspension of the Local Government Council Chairman of Abua/Odual Local Government Area.

According to the governor, the chairman is being suspended for failing to show commitment in the fight against coronavirus.

The last time Governor Wike ordered the suspension of a local government chairman was in Obi/Akpor and it generated a lot of controversies with some legal luminaries arguing that his action was illegal, immoral and illegitimate.

Governor Wike also declared that the State Government will not wait for the Federal Government in its commitment to provide palliatives for Rivers people during the trying period of checking the spread of coronavirus.

Inaugurating a 33-man Committee to purchase foodstuffs from Farmers/Fishermen for distribution to Rivers people on Tuesday at the Government House, Port Harcourt, Governor Wike said the State Government is making the right sacrifice for Rivers people.

He said: “We are not waiting for the Federal Government to assist us. We are making the right sacrifices to promote the welfare of our people.”

He directed the members of the committee to work for the people of Rivers State by deploying the allocated funds for the good of Rivers people.

He said: “It is the duty of this committee to ensure that this policy succeeds. We must not fold our hands at this time.”

The Governor said that the entire world is in a war situation and tough measures must be taken to tackle the outbreak.

He said: “Our goal is to ensure that no agricultural product like yam, garri, plantain, palm oil and fish leaves our State during this period.

“While the farmers and fishermen will make their profits, the less privileged will have enough food supply for their families.”

Responding on behalf of members of the committee, Secretary to the Rivers State Government, Dr Tammy Danagogo assured the Rivers State Governor that the committee will deliver in line with its terms of reference.

He said: “We appreciate the magnitude of this assignment and the committee will hit the ground running.”

He said that the committee will ensure that Rivers people benefit from the outstanding policy of Governor Wike to assist them during the coronavirus crisis.

Dr Tammy Danagogo said that the Rivers State Governor has continued to lead the way in the fight against coronavirus. He said when the Governor closed the borders, he was criticised, but later copied by other states. He said this new policy will be copied by other states.

The committee later held its inaugural meeting after its inaugural meeting.