Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has carried out the threat he gave of demolishing Prodest Hotel at Alode in Eleme Local Government Area of the state.
The governor had marked the hotel and one other, Etemeteh Hotel, Onne for demolition for allegedly flouting his government’s directive on the closure of hotels in the state.
A lot of residents of the state however, felt it was only a threat to make other hoteliers put themselves in order, but were certainly taken aback when a demolition truck arrived at the location of Prodest Hotel at about 11:30am Sunday morning.
As seen in photos that are currently trending on social media, the demolition men were accompanied by the Governor himself and other officials of the Rivers State task force, and the building was eventually brought down.
The Rivers State Governor had declared a total lockdown in two major cities in the state —Obio-Akpor and Port Harcourt City Local Government Areas— in his effort to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Rivers state. Interstate borders, markets, pubs, restaurants and hotels were also closed by the governor.
The demolition of the hotel has caused a stir on social media too as some people feel that the governor’s action was too extreme, stating that he could have fined the hotel. Some others are not necessarily bothered with the governor’s action.
Some reactions below,