Ortom’s Chief of Staff, SSG recover from COVID-19


The Chief of Staff to Benue State Governor, Terwase Orbunde, and Secretary to the State Government, Professor Tony Ijohor SAN have recovered from COVID-19.

In a statement issued on Sunday, Orbunde said that the subsequent tests carried out on him have returned negative and had resumed back to work.

He said: “I’m God’s Testimonial” which was made available to newsmen, Orbunde gave a vivid explanation of how God healed him from the virus saying he is alive and well, as a testimonial to God’s faithfulness, protection and preservation so that he can accomplish His purpose for his life.

“It will be recalled that I informed the public that I tested positive to COVID-19 on July 4th, 2020. That same day, Governor Samuel Ortom also confirmed in a press briefing that I was among some of his close staff and associates, who tested positive to the virus.

“Consequently, I went into self-isolation in compliance with COVID-19 protocols.

“After observing the stipulated protocols and having received the required treatment, I wish to state that officials of the NCDC after conducting other subsequent tests have declared that I am negative and also released me from isolation. I have therefore resumed official duties.

He expressed appreciation to God Almighty for his mercies, Governor Ortom and the COVID-19 Committee chaired by the Deputy Governor, Engr. Benson Abounu as well as all the frontline staff who have stood by him and handled his case.

“I appreciate my wife, Abigail, my immediate family, the brethren, associates, staff, well-wishers and all those who stood with me in prayer and other forms of support.”

Orbunde also prayed God to heal the first Lady, Dr. Eunice Ortom, the Head of Service (HoS), Mrs. Veronica Onyeke and all those who were affected by the virus.

He also promised to collaborate with relevant stakeholders in the fight against the pandemic and to take all measures required to be safe while encouraging people to make themselves available for test and comply with the relevant protocols.

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