From Pwanagba Agabus, Jos
Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, has directed members of the State Executive Council to undergo test for Corona virus and thereafter isolate themselves beginning from today, July 1, 2020.
He, however, disclosed that the Commissioner who tested positive for COVID-19 is that of Commerce and Industry Abe Aku.
Lalong stated this through the State Commissioner for Information and Communication, Hon. Dan Manjang, in Jos, the state capital.
He said: “Plateau State Governor Simon Bako Lalong has directed members of the State Executive Council to undergo test for COVID-19 and thereafter isolate beginning today, July 1, 2020.
“This follows the fact that a member of the State Executive Council and Commissioner for Commerce and Industry Abe Aku tested positive for the virus after he carried out the test.”
According to him, “Based on the Governor’s directive specimens of the Commissioners are to be taken and forwarded to the COVID-19 Laboratory at The National Veterinary Research Institute (NVRI), Vom, for testing.
“During the period and pending the outcome of the results members of the public are advised to be guided by unnecessary visits to members of the State Executive Council while they isolate.
“This action is to not only prevent possible spread of the disease, but also show leadership by example.”
It would be recalled that, at the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic three months ago, Governor Lalong and his family carried out the test and were all tested negative.
The Governor has also continued to speak against stigmatization saying that COVID-19 is not a death sentence and only continuous testing will reveal the rate of infection and facilitate treatment to save lives.
“Government also uses this opportunity to remind the public that the enforcement of orders issued by the Governor will continue and those found violating will be arrested and prosecuted”, he stressed.