COVID 19: FCT Minister of State goes into self-isolation
By Ben Adoga
FCT Minister of State, Dr Ramatu Tijani Aliyu, has voluntarily gone into self isolation after submitting herself to be tested for the rampaging Coronavirus pandemic.
Her decision was based on results of some highly placed Nigerians, who had tested positive for the virus and possible third-degree contacts with those, who had access to such VIPs.
It has been widely circulated in the media that the Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, recently played host to the Chief of Staff to the President, Alhaji Abba Kyari, who has tested positive and in quarantine. The Kogi State Governor is a political ally of the FCT Minister of State and in this period, she might have been in close contact.
Also, in her capacity as Minister, she might have had direct contact with the president’s Chief of Staff whom the president directed that all ministers must go through to reach him.
The Minister of State personally sent out the message thus: “I have just given my samples to test for #COVID19.
“I feel well and have been in self isolation since Wednesday evening, because, I was in contact with people, who tested positive for Coronavirus.
“Please, stay safe and observe all precautionary measures outlined by @NCDCgov Dr RTA. In self isolation, I am busy working and liaising with the six area council chairmen in the territory on prevention and sensitisation of people in the area council and satellite towns.
“At the same time actively playing my role in the Presidential Taskforce on #COVID19 representing FCT. I have engaged market women leaders, religious leaders, traditional rulers, community and youth leaders at the grassroots and area councils. We have produced and shared jingles and fliers to educate FCT residents and indigenous inhabitants.”
The result of her test is yet to be out. In a patriotic gesture, she decided to self isolate, pending the outcome of her result.