Rivers State government have issued a new Covid-19 guidelines which makes violators of the protocols for marriages and burials in the State liable to a fine of one hundred million naira (N100,000,000)
This was made known after Friday’s Emergency Executive Council Meeting where the State Government also approved reopening of schools from Monday 5 October 2020, except for nursery and primaries schools.
A statement by Commissioner for Information and Communication, states that “Government reviewed compliance of citizens as it relates to Executive Order 16 on conduct of marriages in the State.
“Henceforth, applications for marriages must be accompanied with an affidavit stating that there would be no reception. A fine of One Hundred Million Naira awaits defaulters of the Extant Regulations. Local Government chairmen are to be held responsible if they fail to monitor compliance in their various areas.”
On reviewed requirements for burials during the COVID-19 period, Commissioner for Health, Prof Princewill Chike said, “All public burials in Rivers are to be conducted in line with the Official Gazette of the State which stipulates not more 50 persons allowed at such ceremonies.
“Henceforth, families applying for burials must provide death certificates and an affidavit that they must adhere strictly with all COVID-19 protocols. Defaulters would be liable to a fine of One Hundred Million Naira while LG Chairmen are to ensure that the directives are complied within their various areas.”
On reopening of schools, Commissioner for Education, Prof Kaniye Ebeku announced that all Secondary Schools, Vocational Schools, Universities and other Tertiary Institutions were affected by the 5 October resumption directive.
Ebeku clarified that Council did not approve reopening of primary schools based on expert medical advice while a seven-man Taskforce to monitor and enforce compliance of COVID-19 protocols in the various schools has also been set up.