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Abia commissioners, NYSC disagree over COVID-19 positive corps members


THERE has been disagreement among the State Commissioner of Information, Commissioner for Health and State Coordinator, NYSC over the actual number of corps members infected with COVID-19 in Abia State.

While the Health commissioner, Dr. Joe Osuji, disclosed the number to be 17, the Information commissioner gave the figure to be six, as the NYSC State Coordinator, Lady Bona Adibeli Fasakin, said she had no knowledge of the number of those affected by the pandemic.

In a reaction to deny the report in social media that 17 corps members tested positive for COVID-19, the state Commissioner for Information, John Kalu, in a release, said, “They have been managed and/or discharged as applicable and we wish to state that the state government is fully supporting the corps with our epidemiology, surveillance and rapid response teams.

“Testing and surveillance processes continue throughout the camping period and beyond.”

But in her valedictory speech to corps members, the outgoing Abia State NYSC Coordinator, Bona Fasakin, urged Abians and prospective corps members to ignore the information, describing the figure/information as wrong.

“The figure/information is completely false. It is wrong, though I, as the state coordinator of NYSC, don’t have any right to give out number of people that tested positive or negative for COVID-19 but I know that the information is wrong,” she said.

Bibiyobra: Thursday, 3 December 2020 at 12/03/2020 08:36:00 pm


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