By Udo Akam-Alo, ABAKALIKI
Ebonyi State Governor David Umahi has declared his readiness to perform his official duties from home should he test positive to COVID-19.
He made the declaration on Friday while addressing stakeholders during the swearing in ceremony of the Acting Chief of Staff, Commissioners and board members of Ebonyi Broadcasting Corporation(EBBC) at the Ecumenical Centre, Abakaliki.
The Governor directed that all those who took part in the recent state budget program should undergo test while he awaits his own result and further disclosed that COVID-19 is not a death sentence.
“If we test positive, my Deputy will carry on with the fight and we will now work from home and we must do our job, no retreat no surrender.
“The result will be out tomorrow and if any of us should test positive, we will work from home but I will be directing that all those who worked with us in the budget review should immediately undergo COVID test.
“Positive outcome is not a death sentence and so we have to be very courageous in doing this because if you test positive and you take good care of yourself from the onset, you will be very well, just like all my cabinet members who tested positive and they were all restored to perfect health.” Umahi stated.
He, however, maintained that a state public hearing about the pandemic will take place in the coming week, saying that the result of the test will determine the host of such meeting as he made known the zeal of his administration to curtail the spread of the virus.
According to him, “next week, we will have a public hearing on our proposal of our fight against COVID. Either me or the deputy governor will host that meeting; if I test positive, he will do it.This COVID matter, we will fight it to a reasonable level.”