Rivers State

One #COVID19 Case Came From An Oil Rig, Gov Wike Claims As He Inaugurates Border Closure Task Force

Rivers State Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has identified one of the new COVID-19 case as an oil worker who came from one of the rigs operated by an International Oil Company.

Governor Wike said this on Thursday during the inauguration of the State Task Force on Border Closure by him.

Governor Wike said the State Government resolved to establish the Task Force on Border Closure following cases of sabotage at the state boundaries, where security personnel allow unauthorized people access to the state, without the mandatory health checks.

Inaugurating the Task Force, Governor Wike said: “This Task Force is very important. When they don’t want you to live, you must devise means to survive.

“Most of the new cases in the state are people who slipped through the border and were allowed in by the security agencies.

“You have to support the security agencies and don’t allow anyone to get into the State without approval.

“Anyone coming into the state must be screened by the health officials. Don’t join the security agencies to extort money from people. If that happens, the essence of this Task Force is defeated.

“I charged the Task Force to work as if they are struggling to save their own lives. This is necessary because the state is being sabotaged from all sides.

“We are being sabotaged at sea, land and at the Domestic Wing of the airport. Sometimes, they secretly receive flights and before we know they people sneak into the town. The Task Force in Ikwerre must check anyone coming from the airport.

“When we shout, they say we are fighting the Federal Government. All we are saying is help us to fight the virus. This is a matter of life and death. You must protect your people.

“This is a non-conventional war, which has nothing to do with politics.

Task Force operatives should always carry their identity cards. There will be no excuses from any of them. I charged them to run 24 hours operation.

“We will not relax because if coronavirus escalates in this state, we will not get any form of support.

“Most of these oil companies also sabotage us. One of the cases at the State Treatment Centre is an oil worker who came from the rig.

“He tested positive and now our health workers are tracing all his contacts to check the spread.”

Responding on behalf of the Task Force on Border Closure, Donald Frank assured Governor Wike that the operatives will work hard to carry out his directive.