EBIE AND ANIAGWU, EPITOME OF RESOLUTE COMMITMENT AND DEDICATION TO PUBLIC SERVICE — DR MICHAEL NWOKO.
By Iroroh Frank
The Senior Special Assistant to Delta State Government on Health Monitoring and a member of the State COVID-19 Enforcement Committee, Dr Michael Nwoko, has described the duo of Barr. Chiedu Ebie and Hon. Charles Aniagwu, the Secretary to the State Government and the Information Commissioner, respectively, as epitome of resolute commitment and dedication to public service as he joins Deltans in prayers for their speedy recovery from the novel coronavirus infection.
Recall that the SSG and the Information Commissioner, were both confirmed to have tested positive for the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic recently. Speaking on the development during a media chat in his office, Asaba, on Wednesday, June 24, Dr Nwoko expressed sadness over the news and enjoined Deltans to take the virus seriously by adjusting to the new norms of tackling the global pandemic, which he described as a major health crisis of the 21st century much like the Spanish flu of the 19th century.
His reaction, ‘I got the news of the positive results to COVID-19 infection of the duo of the SSG and the Information Commissioner with rude shock and adject sadness.The two gentlemen can best be described as epitome of resolute commitment and dedication to public service. They were both in the front line in the fight to curtailing the spread of the pandemic in the State.’
‘I worked closely with the SSG as the leader of the border health surveillance team, he is the chairman of the COVID-19 Enforcement Committee, through my close association with him during the several occasions we visited bothers around the State, I found him to be outstanding in executing assignments and very efficient team motivator, he was always there at the border, sometimes till late night, encouraging security personnel, health personnel and taskforce members to ensure that all the necessary guidelines and COVID-19 protocols are observed at all times.’
‘Same could be said of the information commissioner, who has been on the prowl sensitising residents of the State about the pandemic and what they should do to keep them safe. So I want to use this medium to once more join Deltans in praying for their speedy recovery’
‘I want to let us understand that testing positive for COVID-19 is not a death sentence. However, this development represents a serious wake up call for us all to be responsive and to take full responsibility of our personal safety. I encourage us to go for testing especially those with symptoms of the virus, should go before it becomes too late and to avoid infecting others. I also want to advice those holding the erroneous belief that COVID-19 in Nigeria is a hoax to think twice because COVID-19 is right here in our midst. We must adjust our lifestyle and belief system by adhering to preventive protocols clearly spelt out by the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).,’
‘Delta State Government under the command of our dynamic Governor, His Excellency, Sen. Dr. Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa, has adopted the best strategy for the containment of the pandemic. Our failure to take responsibility by strictly adhering to safety protocols is the reason for the spikes in the State.’
‘Once again, my prayers for the speedy recovery goes to all the victims of the virus and especially my two brothers,Barr. Chiedu Ebie and Mr. Charles Aniagwu who have been on the front line to keep us safe from the pandemic.’ Dr Nwoko concluded.