The Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike has charged his Akwa Ibom State counterpart, Udom Emmanuel, to be comforted by the enduring legacies of his father, late Elder Emmanuel Nkanang.
The Rivers State governor had joined political leaders and statesmen from across Nigeria for the burial of the father of Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Gabriel Emmanuel, Elder Gabriel Emmanuel Nkanang, at Awa-Imma in Onna Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, last Saturday.
In a condolence message to the Akwa Ibom State governor at the funeral, Wike said: “May you be comforted by his enduring legacies as we pray to God to give you and your relatives the fortitude to bear the great loss as well as grant the soul of your departed father a peaceful repose.”
Wike said that with the death of late Elder Emmanuel Nkanang, the nation has lost a great asset.
He said: “In the death of your father, the nation has lost a great man of peace, wisdom and kindness, whose exemplary life and achievements will leave lasting impressions for generations. We will also miss him”.
The governor added: “Although we are all helpless before the will of the Almighty when death comes knocking at the door, the death of a parent, no matter the age, always leaves a painful and everlasting void.
“On behalf of my wife, the Government and the good people of Rivers State, I convey our heartfelt condolences to you and the people of Akwa Ibom State as a whole over this great loss, and also to let you know that we grief with you and have you in our prayers at this difficult time”.
The burial had in attendance Vice President, Prof Yemi Osibanjo, former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, another former President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan and his wife, Dame Patience Jonathan, Senate President, Dr Ahmad Lawan, former Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, governors of Adamawa, Ahmadu Fintiri; Bauchi, Senator Bala Muhammed; Cross River, Prof Benedict Ayade; Delta, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa; Bayelsa, Senator Douye Diri.
Others are governors of Oyo State, Engr Oluwaseyi Makinde; Sokoto, Hon Aminu Tambuwal; Ekiti, Dr Kayode Fayemi; and the PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus.
The rest include, former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose; former governors of Cross River, Donald Duke; Akwa Ibom, Victor Attach; Benue, Gabriel Suswan; past and present members of the national and state Houses of Assemblies as well as religious and traditional rulers from across Nigeria.
The Tide reports that Elder Gabriel Emmanuel Nkanang lived till 90 years before his passing on December 1, 2019.
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The Rivers State Government has expressed worries over the high level of non-compliance of health protocols with respect to the Covid-19 pandemic, warning that henceforth any resident caught without wearing facemask will be arrested and prosecuted.
The State Commissioner for Information and Communication, Pastor Paulinus Nsirim handed down the warning while speaking on a live Radio programme in Port Harcourt on Saturday and monitored by the Tide.
Nsirim who is Chairman of the State Inter-ministerial Committee on Enlightenment for Covid-19 recalled the unhappiness of Governor Nyesom Wike during last Wednesday’s State broadcast with the attitude of many residents who flaunt extant directives on the wearing of facemask and other health protocols.
“The Governor in that broadcast also expressed concern that a lot of people in the State are not obeying the protocols. Social distancing, wearing of facemask and he spoke specifically in what is happening in some churches. Government will introduce policies, the onus is on the populace to obey those policies.
“Not just obeying it, the Covid-19 pandemic that we are talking about has defied medical solution for now. So to flatten the curve, everyone living and doing business in Rivers State has to take responsibility.
“If I take responsibility and everyone around me takes responsibility to observe the relevant protocol, we are sure to flatten the curve. But if people live righteously and just do as if nothing is happening because there are places where people are just living in denial.
“Some people still believe that there is nothing like Coronavirus. Two weeks ago, my committee rounded off street to street campaign in all the 23 local government areas of the State. They still met people who are in this denial. That is the challenge.
“The Governor is desirous that Rivers State remains safe. That is why he is initiating policies to ensure that strategically the state is somehow isolated from the national spread,” the Commissioner said.
Nsirim further said, “If you go around the State, since the executive order on facemask was introduced. You will notice that less than
30 per cent of the populace are really obeying that executive order. What we are seeing in the State is that people just put the mask around their chin.
“You go to some churches we see people open their mouth and things will be spewing out in the enclosed environment on the chin. The Governor is saying that to give this wearing of facemask the kind of weight that it deserves to save our people, a special taskforce be put in place.
“That is the only sure way because a lot of people are still living in denial. He said the governor’s broadcast is very clear, arrest and prosecute. Henceforth we will arrest and prosecute people not wearing facemask in public places,” he stated.
The Rivers State Government spokesman said arrangements have been concluded to monitor churches that fail to observe the guidelines of not more than 70 persons per church service, wearing of facemask, provision of water for hand washing and the use of hand sanitizers, while weddings and burial ceremonies should not exceed 50 persons.
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