GOVERNOR Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, yesterday, stated that Bonny Kingdom, Bonny Local Government Area of the state could become the epicenter of Covid-19 in the state if the people do not stop living in the denial of the pandemic in the island community.
Wike gave the warning in Port Harcourt during the interaction with Amayanabo of Grand Bonny, King Edward Pepple and his Council of Chiefs following the ravaging impact of the pandemic on Bonny citizens, some of whom have reportedly died.
He said, “Bonny is strategic to the national economy. We have to work together to ensure the disease does not cripple the economy. We have to make our people stop living in the denial about the existence of COVID-19.
“Such attitude will not allow them take the necessary precautions. The results of samples collected from Bonny indicate that it could be an epicentre of the pandemic in the state if drastic action is not taken.
“It is not something our people should deny that it does not exist. Something that has taken the world by storm and killing more than half of the worlds population should be taken seriously.
“When this pandemic started in the state, I raised the alarm that 60 percent of the cases were from rig workers and had to impose lockdown on Port Harcourt and Obio/Akpor Local Government Areas. So many people were not happy.
“What will be my joy to close down businesses if not to save lives? I have a responsibility to make sure the people that have given me their mandate are alive. Will I be governor of the dead? Some of us do not appreciate that we have to make sacrifices if that is going to save our people’s life