John Charles, Makurdi
Close aides to the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom have continued to test positive for the dreaded COVID-19 disease.
Among those tested positive are; the governor’s personal physician, the aide de camp, and the orderly.
Disclosing this in a statement on Monday, the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Terver Akase, who was reacting to the report that Ortom’s absence had paralyzed government activities said that the positive status of the personal aides had warranted the governor to return into self-isolation.
The deputy governor and chairman of the state action committee on COVID-19, Benson Abounu, had during the armed forces interdenominational service January 10, 2021, had announced that his principal had gone into self-isolation when a permanent secretary and his family members tested positive for the disease.
Speaking on the latest development, the CPS said, “We earlier stated that following the COVID-19 status of some of the governor’s close aides, including his personal physician, his aide de camp and orderly, he had to go into self-isolation as the protocol on prevention of the virus demands.
Akase said that Governor Ortom has been in working isolation because he tested negative for COVID-19.
“He (Ortom) employs virtual means, WhatsApp, telephone calls, and when necessary, holds meetings by observing physical distancing to conduct government business. He does these to protect himself and others.
“No one has immunity for the coronavirus and the pandemic can infect anyone. It is, therefore, advisable that those playing politics and whipping other sentiments desist from such acts,” Akase said in the statement.