The Governor of Benue State, Mr. Samuel Ortom; his Deputy, Mr. Benson Abounu and the Commissioner for Finance and Economic Development, Mr David Olofu, on Thursday voluntarily submitted themselves for the Coronavirus (Covid-19) test.
There is fear across the country as to status of most state governors after three governors tested positive to the deadly virus. Many of them had attended the National Economic Council and Governors Forum meetings in Abuja over a fortnight ago.
The governors of Bauchi, Bala Mohammed, Kaduna State’s Mallam Nasri el-Rufia and Oyo State’s Sheyi Makinde have since tested positive to the viral disease.
A statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Terver Akase in Makurdi, said they submitted their samples to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
The statement quotes Ortom as saying “the decision to submit samples for the test was the right thing to do”.
The governor appealed to all Benue citizens to submit to the test and not wait for symptoms to manifest before going for it.
According to Ortom, doing so will help to contain the spread of the deadly virus in the state.
Ortom said: “There is no shame in seeking to know your Covid-19 status”.
He urged the people to cooperate with the COVID-19 Action Committee at the state and local government levels, while observing the preventive measures against the pandemic.