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COVID-19: NDDC folds operations over outbreak as Nigeria’s toll nears 9000

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THE management of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has approved the shutting down of the commission for two weeks over the suspected outbreak of Coronavirus.

  The order that took effect yesterday was coming after death of Director of Finance and Administration, Bassey Ettang Ibanga yesterday allegedly from complications related to COVID-19.

  A memo signed by a management officer, Silas Anyanwu, of said all activities in the commission including ongoing matters would be affected.

The memo urged members of staff to go into self-isolation for two weeks and await further directives from management while administration workers are requested to ensure fumigation and decontamination of all offices and premises in the headquarters during the period.

   “Consequently, all activities in the Commission including ongoing matters are hereby shut down for the time being. Members of staffs are to ensure that all electrical appliances In their offices are switched off before leaving the premises. The Head Security is by this memo directed to work out modalities to ensure the safety and security of the Commission while Director Administration is requested to fumigate and decontaminate the entire offices and premises in the Headquarters during the period. Meanwhile staffs are enjoined to go into self-isolation for two weeks as they await further directive from Management,” the memo reads.

  But COVID-19 cases in Nigeria increased further with 182 cases yesterday to take the country’s total infections to 8,915 out of which 2,592 have been discharged with 259 losing their lives.

  Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) provided these figures on Twitter.

  According to NCDC, the new confirmed cases were spread across 15 states and the FCT with Lagos accounting for the highest number of infections with 111 cases.

However, Kogi state government has rejected the two COVID-19 positive cases announced by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

Kogi State Commissioner for Information, Kingsley Fanwo, dismissed the claim yesterday at a media forum.

  According to him, NCDC reporting process was fraudulent.

  But NCDC insisted that that due process was followed in recording the Kogi cases.

Director-General of the NCDC, Chikwe Ihekweazu gave the insistence in Abuja during yesterday’s daily briefing by Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.

According to him,  the Kogi index case was a referral from the Federal Medical Centre in Lokoja.

  On whether the NCDC was willing to subject its test for validation, Ihekweazu said, “we are a public health organisation, everything we do is open to the Nigerian people,” he said.

  It will be recalled that NCDC said Kogi had recorded its first two cases in its daily report of new cases on Wednesday. Until then, only Kogi and Cross River States had not recorded any COVID-19 case.

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