The Speaker of the Benue State House of Assembly, Honorable Titus Uba has been tested positive for COVID-19 as he advised all his aides to go for test.
The chief press secretary to the Speaker, Lubiem Tiav said samples from Honorable Uba and four Assembly members were taken by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
Mr Tiav’s household was tested, however, only the Speaker and his last son tested positive for the virus.
The Speaker has asked all who might have come in contact with him within the last week to submit themselves for tests.
He also stated that modalities have been put in place to get all Benue Assembly members and staff tested to ascertain their status.
In a similar vein, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, has tested positive for COVID-19.
He disclosed this himself via Twitter on Sunday.
According to Onyeama, he tested positive after his fourth COVID-19 test on Saturday after he developed symptoms of throat irritation.
He further stated that he is now heading into isolation at an undisclosed health facility.
It could be recalled that Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) confirmed Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom’s wife, Eunice Ortom, Chief of staff and Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Anthony Ijohor as well as the Head of Service, Veronica Onyeke positive for COVID-19.
The Governor who in a press briefing also confirmed the NCDC results announced that though he tested negative, the first family had decided to go into total isolation including himself.
He urged people of the state to go for testing to ascertain their status and take necessary action.
“One lesson that I want Benue people to appreciate and understand is that everybody has to make himself available for testing.
“The more you test, the more you know your status; when you know that you are positive, then you can subject yourself to treatment.”
When asked if the government was considering another lockdown, the Governor said the state Action Committee on COVID-19 would sit early next week to review the situation with a view to considering the next line of action.
While noting that testing positive for the virus was not a death sentence, the Governor urged people of the state to take preventive protocols seriously in order to help stop the spread of the pandemic.
The Governor’s wife had earlier issued a statement she personally signed confirming her status and one of her sons, even as she called on anybody she might have come in contact with to go into self-isolation and subsequent testing.