By Muftau Ogunyemi
Akure – Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has isolated himself after testing positive for COVID-19 and directed his cabinet members to undergo compulsory tests.
This is contained in a statement signed and made available to newsmen by Mr Donald Ojogo, Commissioner for Information and Orientation, on Tuesday in Akure.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that Akeredolu on Tuesday declared on his twitter handle that he had tested positive for Coronavirus.
“Following constant exposure to visitors, as well as the flurry of visitors arising from the pressure of official functions and responsibilities, Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu decided to subject himself to COVID-19 test.
“As you all know, the result has come out positive even as Mr Governor wasted no time disclosing his status.
“Sequel to the above, Mr Governor has resolved to self-isolate in line with accepted global standards in respect of COVID-19 protocols.
“This becomes necessary in order to ensure a proper determination and direction of focus.
“Mr Governor trusts in God that all will be well even as he seeks the prayers of all and sundry during this period,” the statement said.
It said that the decision by Akeredolu to go into self isolation was voluntary and clearly depicts the need for transparency as we confront the COVID-19 pandemic.
The statement, which said there was nothing to fear, explained that no component of government business would be adversely affected within the period of the governor’s self-isolation.
According to the statement, the Governor calls on all to be steadfast and remain committed to their assigned official responsibilities.
“Specifically, Mr Governor calls on his Campaign Team to continue with all planned events and itineraries as regards the Re-run Project. We shall win and win big, he assures.
“In the meantime, Gov. Akeredolu has directed all members of the Cabinet, close aides and others who have had reasons for constant contacts with him to undergo compulsory tests,” it added.