Delta debunks Govt House shutdown as Okowa, wife test positive for COVID-19


The Delta State Government has debunked the rumour of the shutdown of the Government House after Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and his wife, Edith, tested positive for COVID-19.

Fear allegedly gripped workers on Wednesday at the Government House in Asaba after news of the positive results filtered in.

It was gathered that most of the offices in the oil-rich state’s seat of power have been shut down with workers scampering for safety.

A source said that the fear got heightened as some of those that observed COVID-19 protocol still got the virus.

However, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Olise Ifeajika, dismissed the report of the Government House shutdown.

“SSG, Commissioner for information are in isolation centres; so, the only person, who speaks now is me and what I said today is the position of government.

“We have not shut down Government House. Any government official, who goes for test, is for them to know their status.

“Governor is not sick; that he tested positive does not make him sick. He is stable and responding to treatment. Even the SSG, in his confinement, he handled few things. It is not a death sentence,” Ifeajika said.

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Meanwhile, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has prayed for the quick recovery of the governor and his family.

Taking to Twitter on Wednesday, he offered similar prayers for Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu and Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, who have both tested positive for COVID-19.

Atiku wrote, “My thoughts and prayers and those of my family are with Gov. @IAOkowa, Gov Okezie Ikpeazu and Gov @RotimiAkeredolu and their families and all those currently undergoing treatment for #COVID19. Be strong and get well soon.”

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