Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has sacked a permanent secretary in the state, Mr. Sunny Okere for flouting and obstructing the enforcement of the COVID-19 guidelines.

Mr. Okere was fired for chasing away officials of the state Ministry of Health, who went to Oyigbo to enforce the established guidelines on public burials.

The state’s Commissioner for Information and Communications, Paulinus Nsirim, released a statement to confirm the development. According to Governor Wike, the sack of the permanent secretary would serve as a lesson to all other public officers who might wish to be irresponsible.

The statement read; “Burial ceremonies are also reportedly being conducted in clear breach of the 50 persons maximum attendance limit, such that a serving permanent secretary had the temerity to chase away officials of the state ministry of health who went to enforce the established guidelines on public burials at Oyigbo.

He continued, “As a Government, we are serious with our own responsibilities and those who take our resolve for granted and think that they can undermine our efforts at will without suffering consequences are gravely mistaken.”

“Consequently, the permanent secretary, establishment, Mr. Sunny Okere has been relieved of his appointment with immediate effect for flouting and obstructing the enforcement of the guidelines on public burials. This should serve as a lesson to all other public officers who may wish to be irresponsible,” he added.

Governor Wike also appealed to residents to abide by the safety guidelines to check the spread of the virus.

He said, “Appealing to residents of the state, the governor said his government will not relent in its commitment to save lives. He urged the residents to abide by the measures and protocols put in place to fight the spread of the virus in the state.”

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