From: Uche Nnorom, Makurdi
Benue State House of Assembly Speaker Hon. Titus Uba at the weekend tested positive to Coronvirus.
This was disclosed in a press statement signed by the House Committee Chairman on Information Hon. Tertsea Gbiseh and made available to the media.
Hon. Gbiseh said the results came from series of routine covid-19 tests conducted on Members of the Benue State House of Assembly and staff, maintaining that it became necessary io disclose that the Speaker and some other samples returned positive .
“The Nigeria CENTRE for Disease Control,NCDC officials in their report , confirmed that the Speaker, Rt Hon Titus Uba representing Kyan constituency and Hon Tertsea Gbiseh representing Kwande East constituency have so far tested positive to the virus, while results for the other Members and staff is been awaited.
“As a result of this development, the speaker has ordered the immediate closure of the Assembly complex and directed fumigation of the premises.
“The Assembly by virtue of it’s official functions and constituency responsibilities stand the natural risk of exposure to carriers of the virus despite the adherence to personal hygiene and covid-19 safety protocols, and just like every other public worker, it is an occupational hazard that comes with service.
“The affected members have immediately gone into self isolation and full treatment on them has commenced in line with covid-19 protocols. While Rt Hon Uba and Hon Gbiseh are without symptoms they are at the moment assisting the NCDC in contact tracing.
While commending the State Action Committee on covid-19 on the work done so far, the Assembly urged them to do more especially in the area of accessible test centres,
They also pleaded with the public to assist in the fight by observing the basic safety processes of constant hand washing and sanitizing while maintaining social distancing when it is necessary to be in public, noting that community transmission is what we are experiencing now and the responsibility to halt this dreaded foe lies with us all.
“The state legislature will resume plenary when the Speaker determines it is safe to do so under advice from relevant health workers.
In the meantime, all important communications will be relayed to Honorable Members and members of staff via virtual meetings. We regret any inconveniences this development might cause our constituents but we must be alive to serve you. The house leadership will work with the NCDC to confirm the health status of other Members and staff and same will be made available to the Press appropriately”, the statement read.