NDDC: We lost our finance director to COVID-19


The Management of Niger Delta Development Commission has revealed the cause of the death of his financial director, Chief Ibanga Etang. The commission said the NDDC director died of COVID-19.

Etang is said to have passed away at the Braithwaite Memorial Hospital in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, after falling ill. He passed died in the early hours of Thursday, May 28, 2020.

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In an earlier report, sources said his body was moved to a holding area within the hospital’s premises where his blood sample was taken for COVID-19 test.

The result came back positive. It will be recalled that the commission had earlier shut down operation for days owing to the death of the late Ag. Financial director of NDDC.

According to a statement issued on Tuesday by the Director, Corporate Affairs of the NDDC, Charles Odili, the commission said the family had authorised it to announce that the late executive director tested positive to COVID-19.

In another development, the River State Government is not taking chances at it has gone a step further in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic in the state.

The Rivers State Ministry of Health had also written to the NDDC to confirm the cause of death.

Part of the moves of the sate to stop the likely spread of the pandemic is to again ask the staff of the commission to go into self-isolation and began contact tracing.

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“The ministry has, therefore, directed the commission to order all management staff to go into self-isolation for a period of 14 days with effect from today (Tuesday) while seeking the cooperation of the organisation in tracing staff and contractors who have had close contact with the late NDDC director,” the statement said.

According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control directives and standard, people who have come in contact with an infected person or persons are to self-isolate for fourteen days. This will enable one to observe the window period of the virus.

Doing this will further contain the spread of the pandemic.


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