Charles Odili, director of coroporate affairs at the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) confirmed that the deceased’s interim acting director of finance and administration, Ibanga Etang, had tested positive for the coronavirus .
Odili said the Rivers State Department of Health had written to the commission to confirm that the deceased director had died from complications from the coronavirus. He added that the commission was forced to make the statement after obtaining permission 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.”