As Nigeria battles with the second wave of COVID-19, two top government officials in Osun State have tested positive for the deadly virus.
The development has forced the state governor, Gboyega Oyetola, to mandate COVID-19 tests for all his cabinet members.
Although the state’s Commissioner for Information, Funke Egbemode, confirmed that two cabinet members had been diagnosed positive, she did not disclose their identities.
However, sources within the cabinet confirmed to PREMIUM TIMES that those infected with the virus were a commissioner and a special adviser to the governor.
While the commissioner tested positive 13 days ago, the special adviser was confirmed positive 10 days ago.
When contacted, the affected commissioner did not deny being positive to our correspondent. He said he wanted his health confidentiality protected.
He also said: “It is not a crime to be tested positive. COVID-19 is like malaria and anybody can be tested positive.”
The special adviser, who also tested positive, could not be reached as of the time of filing this report as his telephone was not connecting. He is yet to respond to enquiries sent to him by our correspondent.
Also, the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Ismail Omipidan, told the online newspaper that he “honestly did not know the two officials involved.”
Credit: PREMIUM TIMES