The Director-General of Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF), Barr. Asishana Okauru, on Wednesday, said he embarked on self-isolation along with his wife, Ifueko, and other family members to avoid the spread of coronavirus.
He noted that the measure became important as he was exposed to Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, who tested positive to coronavirus.
The statement released by the NGF DG said: “I wish to inform the general public that my wife together with my entire household will be proceeding on self-isolation.
“We are taking this action following my exposure to His Excellency, Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State who today (Tuesday) announced the positive outcome of his test for COVID-19.
“I attended different meetings of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum and the Nigerian Economic Council last week, which were also attended by the Bauchi State Governor.
“Consequently, my wife and I would be undergoing COVID-19 testing this week.
“All of the organisations to which my wife is affiliated have already begun ‘Work from Home’ in line with an earlier Government directive.
“In fact, through DAGOMO Foundation Nigeria Ltd/GTE, and in her personal capacity, my wife was already at the forefront of raising awareness around COVID-19.
“Please feel free to check out DAGOMO public messages on all of their social media pages.
Barr. Okauru, however, called on the state governors who attended the Forum’s monthly meeting held last Wednesday, 19th March 2020 to self-isolate.
Barr. Okauru also advised all those who made presentations to the Governors at the meeting to go for the coronavirus test without further delay.
The NGF DG added, “All members of NGF secretariat that were exposed will be observing self-isolation. We encourage all those who were invited to the NGF meetings for presentations to also do same.
“By our actions, we hope to encourage others who are exposed and not sure of their status to undergo self-isolation and make themselves available for the test, where applicable.
“At the NGF meetings held, all necessary precautions as advised by the NCDC were taken, but we cannot make any assumptions about our status. We will self-isolate and take stringent measures possible to protect the general public.”