Akwa Ibom State government has denied that nine members of the State Executive Council have been infected with coronavirus pandemic.
State Commissioner for Works, Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Ephraim Inyangeyen debunked rumours making the rounds in the state capital while fielding questions from newsmen in Uyo on Sunday.
The Commissioner for Works described the rumour as malicious, blatant lie, and sponsored blackmail, claiming that all the Commissioners in the State executive council are in good health conditions and weren’t undergoing treatment anywhere.
He asked rumour peddlers and their sponsors to name the members of the State Exco that have contracted the infection and the location where they are receiving treatment, insisting all his colleagues were working to curtail the spread of COVID-19 in the state.
Inyangeyen said: “The rumour that nine commissioners in the state are infected with COVID-19, is a blatant lie from an insane and sponsored blackmailer
“To state the obvious, on Friday, April, 17, we all gathered at the state Exco chambers where we had the usual state executive meeting with Governor Udom Emmanuel. And on April 19th, we all came out for college meetings.
“Also on April 24th which was FGPC meeting, all attended, while observing social distancing order by the Federal Ministry of Health without an exemption. Why would someone cook up lies at this particular time where we all need encouragement, support, and positivity to keep us going day by day?
“As the Commissioner in charge of the Ministry of Works handling the ongoing construction of the Isolation Centre at Ituk Mbang, I have had my colleagues stop by every day to see the progress of the work done.
“So I challenge those peddling this rumour to name the nine(9) commissioners and the location where they are taking treatment”
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