Following a series of routine covid-19 tests conducted on Members of the Benue State House of Assembly and staffs, the Speaker of the House Rt Hon Titus Uba wishes to inform the public that some of the samples returned positive results.
The NCDC officials in their report confirmed that the Speaker, Rt Hon Titus Uba representing Kyan constituency and Hon Tertsea Gbiseh representing Kwande East constituency have so far tested positive to the virus, while results for the other Members and staffs is been awaited.
As a result of this development, the speaker has ordered the immediate closure of the Assembly complex and directed fumigation of the premises.
The Assembly by virtue of it’s official functions and constituency responsibilities stand the natural risk of exposure to carriers of the virus despite the adherence to personal hygiene and covid-19 safety protocols, and just like every other public worker, it is an occupational hazard that comes with service.
The affected members have immediately gone into self isolation and full treatment on them has commenced in line with covid-19 protocols. While Rt Hon Uba and Hon Gbiseh are without symptoms they are at the moment assisting the NCDC in contact tracing.
The Speaker commends the State Action Committee on covid-19 on the work done so far and urged them to do more especially in the area of accessible test centres, he also pleads with the public to assist the fight by observing the basic safty processes of constant hand washing and sanitizing while maintaining social distancing when it is necessary to be in public, community transmission is what we are experiencing now and the responsibility to halt this dreaded foe lies with us all.
The state legislature will resume plenary when the Speaker determines it is safe to do so under advicement from relevant health workers.
In the meantime, all important communications will be relayed to Honorable Members and members of staff via virtual meetings. We regret any inconveniences this development might cause our constituents but we must be alive to serve you. The house leadership will work with the NCDC to confirm the health status of other Members and staffs and same will be made available to the Press appropriately.
Please stay safe as you pray for Benue and indeed Nigeria to overcome this pandemic.
Hon Tertsea Gbiseh,
Chairman, Committee on Information and Orientation. BSHoA