Gov Nyesom Wike, Governor of Rivers State relieves Mr Sunny Okere, a permanent Secretary of his duties for not observing the guidelines to help curb the spread of Coronavirus.
The Ex Permanent Secretary was allegedly relieved of his duty for attending a burial ceremony with more than 50 people which is against the Government’s law in respect to the pandemic.
According to Wike:
“In the face of increasing infections and systemic risk to public health and safety, most residents have continued to disregard the mitigating protocols with reckless abandon.
“Public and private transporters, business owners and churches are refusing to adhere to the relevant protocols.
“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”
“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.”