Charles Odili, the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) Director of Coroporate Affairs has confirmed that the late acting Director of Finance and Administration of the commission, Ibanga Etang tested positive for Coronavirus.
Odili said the Rivers State Ministry of Health wrote to the commission to confirm that the late director died of complications linked to Coronavirus. He added that the commission was compelled to make the declaration after getting clearance from the deceased family.
“The family has authorised the Commission to announce the late Executive Director tested positive to COVID-19.
“The ministry has, therefore, directed the Commission to order all management staff to go into self-isolation for a period of 14 days with effects from today, While seeking the cooperation of the organisation in tracing staff and contractors who have had close contact with the deceased.
“During the meeting with the family, they expressed fervent desire, that the death of the Executive Director should not be politicised, wishing to be left alone to mourn with dignity. This also is the position of the Commission.
“We pray for the peaceful repose of the soul of our Executive Director Finance and Administration, Elder lbanga Bassey Etang.”
This is coming after the commission’s corporate headquarters was shut down following a COVID-19 scare.