…Dep Gov Tests Negative
By Adeniyi Adedeji, Ilorin
An uneasy calm pervades Ilorin, the Kwara State capital weekend, when some aides of the state Deputy Governor, Mr. Kayode Alabi, were said to have tested positive for Coronavirus.
The Deputy Governor, who is the Chairman of the State Technical Committee on COVID-19, had late last night reportedly tested negative for the disease.
The development therefore put to rest, speculations that the number two Kwara State citizen might not be negative to the pandemic if tested, because of his position in the Committee.
However, the number of his aides who tested positive for COVID-19 were not made known as at the press time on Monday, despite that the news had so far raised some concerns at the seat of government.
Early last week, the Chief of Staff to the Kwara State governor, Alhaji Adisa Logun, had died of complications arising from COVID-19, with his results coming out few hours after his interment confirming his positive status.
His staff, government functionaries and associates, who had contacts with the high-class government man two weeks before his death had since been directed to go on isolation.
Meanwhile, the Deputy Governor had called on the people of the state to always adhere strictly to all COVID-19 safety protocols.
Speaking shortly after his aides were confirmed to have tested positive for COVID-19, Alabi warned that the disease is real, and now portends grave dangers that require serious cautions.
The Chief Press Secretary, CPS, to the Deputy Governor, Modupe Joel, in a statement, said her principal assured however, that government was determined to flatten the curve of Coronavirus and curb its community transmissions.
Mr Alabi said his COVID-19 positive aides have been admitted to CCOVID-19/Infectious Centre, Sobi Specialist Hospita,l Ilorin.
Advising Kwarans to take responsibility in the fight against the disease, the Deputy Governor said that the only antidote against COVID-19 is to obey government and health officials’ precautionary measures.
Such measures, he said, included wearing nose masks, avoidance of large gatherings, adherence to physical distancing, washing of hands with soap and running water or sanitiser, among others.
He also advised Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs, to emulate his action by testing staff members from time to time.