Wike Justifies Demolition of Multi-Million Naira Hotels in P’Harcourt

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Wike, Justifies Demolition, Hotels in P'Harcourt
River State governor, Nyesom Wike

River State governor Nyesom Wike has defended the action of the administration in demolishing The Prodest Hotel Alode in Eleme and Edemeteh Hotel in Onne in Port Harcourt for allegedly flouting lockdown rules in the state.

Amidst condemnation by lawyers and activists who have variously branded the governor’s action as illegal, unjust, unfair, dictatorial and alien, Wike who had earlier vowed to pull down hotels found to be rendering services and buildings whose shops opened for business during the lockdown, said the demolition was in line with the state government Executive Order 6, which bans the operation of hotels across the 23 local government areas of the state during the lockdown.

Wike’s special assistant on electronic media, Simeon Nwakaudu, quoted him to have said “Government has no alternative but to apply the executive order, which I signed before the lockdown of Obio/Akpor and Port Harcourt.  I called all the traditional rulers and council chairmen and told them to ensure that no hotel operates in the state.

“We are not saying it will be forever.  This is for now, so that we know where we can 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 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.

“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.

“Some people may not like our strategies, but our objective is to achieve results. People talk about hunger. But it is only a living person that can discuss hunger.

“What we are doing is to tell the people that the state government is serious. This being led by me, people should know that the government is determined to ensure that we defeat Coronavirus,” Wike was quoted to have said.

Meanwhile, the owner of Etemeteh Hotel, Princewill Osaroejiji, has been declared wantedby Rver State government in connection with the operation of his hotel during the lockdown. Osaroejijin is the youth leader of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Eleme local government area.

Amidst condemnation by lawyers and activists who have variously branded the governor’s action as illegal, unjust, unfair, dictatorial and alien, Wike who had earlier vowed to pull down hotels found to be rendering services and buildings whose shops opened for business during the lockdown, said the demolition was in line with the state government Executive Order 6, which bans the operation of hotels across the 23 local government areas of the state during the lockdown.

Wike’s special assistant on electronic media, Simeon Nwakaudu, quoted him to have said “Government has no alternative but to apply the executive order, which I signed before the lockdown of Obio/Akpor and Port Harcourt.  I called all the traditional rulers and council chairmen and told them to ensure that no hotel operates in the state.

“We are not saying it will be forever.  This is for now, so that we know where we can 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 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.

“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.

“Some people may not like our strategies, but our objective is to achieve results. People talk about hunger. But it is only a living person that can discuss hunger.

“What we are doing is to tell the people that the state government is serious. This being led by me, people should know that the government is determined to ensure that we defeat Coronavirus,” Wike was quoted to have said.

Meanwhile, the owner of Etemeteh Hotel, Princewill Osaroejiji, has been declared wantedby Rver State government in connection with the operation of his hotel during the lockdown. Osaroejijin is the youth leader of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Eleme local government area.

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