Transparency and Integrity

7/13/2020

COVID-19 : Gov. Okowa Refutes Reports Directing Aides, Workers For COVID-19 Status.


Delta State Government has denied the  allegations that Governor Ifeanyi Okowa gave directives for all aides and civil servants to Undergo COVID-19 Tests.

This was made known on Sunday July 12 2020 through a press statement issued by Olisa Ifeajika the chief press secretary to the Governor.

He said

"All the reports are deliberate falsehood and the purveyors are hereby challenged to publish the alleged internal memo and the signatory.

"The concocted stories especially the one on no fewer than 43 members of the Government House press crew testing positive for COVID-19, only existed in the imagination of the authors as I never spoke to any journalist on the matter.

"For clarity and emphasis, the chief press secretary did not address journalists on Wednesday or any other day recently, not the least, the author of the falsehood."

He referred to the author's action as dirty, irresponsible and yellow journalism, which is a misnomer in the profession. Ifeajika also said the government of Delta State is responsible only for its own updates and also debunked the news about the shutting down its media section due to the entire members of the team testing positive for COVID-19.


He further said
" As a government, we have our authorized sources of information and anything not released from such sources is fake news and should be dis countenanced by members of the public.

"At every point in time, and with every development on COVID-19, we give updates as demonstrated when principal officers in the government tested positive for COVID-19 and promptly brought it to public knowledge."

Olisa warned perpetrators of such  unprofessional actions intended to cause panic in the state to desist.

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