COVID-19: Benue Governor, Samuel Ortom in self isolation

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state is currently on self isolation after one of his close Permanent Secretaries, name withheld, and his entire family members tested positive for COVID-19.

The Deputy Governor and Chairman of Benue state COVID-19 Action Committee, Mr. Benson Abounu made the disclosure Sunday at the 2021 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Church service held at the ECWA Church Makurdi.


Mr. Abounu who represented Governor Ortom at the event admonished Benue people to ensure strict compliance to COVID-19 protocols to check the spread of the virus in the state stressing that the Governor who had not shown any symptoms of the virus would soon complete his period of isolation.

“As I speak with you, the Governor has been in isolation for about nine days and has shown no symptoms or signs of the virus. So, I’m happy to inform you that by tomorrow we should be able to certify him free and he will resume work,” Abounu said.

He urged the people to take precautions against the virus stressing that the state had in the last few days lost prominent persons including a serving local government chairman.

“Presently the State has an infection rate of over 489 persons. Though we are still doing relatively well compared to other states, the only tactics to fight the virus is by keeping to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, protocols.”

He commended the armed forces for their resilience in the fight against insurgency and banditry in parts of the country stressing that “Benue is currently enjoying relative peace because of the efforts made by military.

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