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Rivers residents kick against lockdown, seek ban on foreigners

 A cross-section of Port Harcourt residents in Rivers State on Monday appealed to Governor Nyesom Wike not to lock down the state, but to ban influx of foreigners in order to curb the rise of second wave of COVID-19 in the state.

The appeal followed the state governor’s threat on Sunday to impose a fresh lockdown on the state from January 2021 due to rising COVID-19 infections.

A Port Harcourt resident, who identified herself as Ibisaki, told our correspondent that restricting travellers into the state would effectively curb the rise of infections than grounding residents’ movement and the state economy.

She said, “The governor should block foreigners from coming into the state because if the foreigners are locked out, the infections would not come into the state.

“Even those that are coming in from Lagos and other states should be blocked from coming into the state rather than locking down the state, we are ready to wash our hands regularly, wear face masks and observe physical distancing.”

Another resident urged Wike to prevail on the Federal Government to restrict international flights into the country.

He said, “Nigerians who travel abroad go out there and bring in the virus, locking residents inside will only increase the suffering in the state.”

Loveth Ogedegbe: Tuesday, 29 December 2020 at 12/29/2020 11:31:00 pm


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