The Plateau State governor, Simon Lalong, has directed all members of the State Executive Council to undergo COVID-19 test and, thereafter, proceed on self-isolation beginning from July 1.
The governor, in a statement on Wednesday by the state Commissioner of Information and Communications, Dan Manjang, gave the directive after one of the state commissioners had tested positive for the virus.
DAILY NIGERIAN reports that the state Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Abe Aku, had tested positive for the virus.
The statement said, “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 a possible spread of the disease, but also show leadership by example.”
The commissioner recalled that Governor Lalong and his family had carried out the test earlier where all of them 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.
“The Governor hopes that by this act, members of the public will be more encouraged to make themselves available for testing, while at the same time obeying the COVID-19 protocols of wearing face masks, social distancing, hand washing and the use of alcohol-based sanitizers.
“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,” the statement noted.