Civil societies organization in Rivers state has blamed the Rivers state government for the raising cases of human rights abuses arising from lock down on covid19 following the Tuesday broadcast on curfew in some parts of the state.
Speaking on behalf of the civil societies organization at the launch of covid19 situation room an intervention to monitor, report and tackle human rights abuses arising from the covid19 lock down Karl Uchegbu said activities of the Rivers state government on covid19 was not made clear to the masses which explain the reason for the confusion
He said ”the state government did not to tell the public where the state prepared isolation center and possible hospitals for treatment and provide palliatives for the masses placed under 24 hours curfews in responses to the covid-19 pandemic as well as helping in reducing and mitigating the effects of the lockdown on citizens in the face of the pandemic.
The spokesperson of the situation room, Chinedu Karl Uchegbu in his address said the group preoccupation includes monitoring of Government frame work, pronouncements and actions, monitoring of Government policies and pronouncements, monitoring of impacts of Governments actions on health and human rights of the masses, monitoring of Government response, expenditure of covid 19 funds and other appropriations for the purpose.
Karl Uchegbu explained that the situation room will in fulfilling its roles intend to interface with relevant Government agencies and Non-Government Organizations respectively such as Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), State Task Force on Covid 19,State Ministry of Health, National Orientation Agency, National Emergency Management Agency(NEMA),Nigerian Red Cross, National Human Rights Commission ,Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, Nigerian Police Force, Corporate Organizations and charitable individuals among others.
The situation room disclosed that its attention has been drawn to the sudden imposition of restriction of movements which reportedly pushed some citizens to indulge in avoidable risks in order to exercise their rights to freedom of movement, physical and emotional torture inflicted on citizens by security agencies among others.
Karl Ugchegbu decried non provision of palliatives by the state Government to cushion the adverse impacts of the restriction orders on people being forced to stay at home, especially the poor masses.
In his contribution, Comrade Styvn Obodoekwe Co-Chairman of the group revealed that even the state Government are not observing the Social distance order as over 50 persons are seen in the convey of the Governor at a time.
He noted that the same thing applies to the Local Government task force who move in large numbers on the guise of enforcing social distance order.
On his part, Sebastian Kpalap Co- chairman enjoined members of the Covid-19 situation room to brace up for the task ahead for betterment of the society.
Earlier Comrade Green Isaac Joint Secretary of the situation room, in his welcome address briefed members on the purpose of setting up the group and urge them to be resolute, he said the group will soon come out with policy of actions going forward.
Prince Ekpere Joint Secretary of the group, Prince Wiro, Chairman of Civil Rights Council, Rivers State, media personnel were all in attendance.