Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Delta, Mr. Olisa Ifeajika has come out to say that Governor Ifeanyi Okowa never directed members of government and civil servants to undergo any COVID-19 test.
He recently revealed that reports saying otherwise are wrong since he only appeals to citizens to adhere to the protocols prescribed by Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
According to him, he has never forced anyone, either by internal memo or any press release, to go for tests for any disease, including COVID-19, so people should believing the lies.
He added that the reports are deliberate falsehood and he’ll keep challenging the brains behind it to publish the alleged internal memo and the signatory.
His words, “All the reports are deliberate falsehood, and the purveyors are hereby challenged to publish the alleged internal memo and the signatory.
“The concocted stories, especially the one on no fewer than 43 members of Government House press crew testing positive for COVID-19, only existed in the imagination of the authors as I never spoke to any journalist on the matter.
“For clarity and emphasis, the CPS did not address journalists on Wednesday or any other day recently, not the least, the author of the falsehood. The author’s action is anything but irresponsible and yellow journalism, a misnomer that is acidic and seriously abhorred in the profession.
“As a government, we have our authorised sources of information and anything not released from such sources is fake news and should be discountenaced by members of the public.
“At every point in time, and with every development on COVID-19, we give updates as demonstrated when principal officers in the government tested positive for COVID 19 and we promptly brought it to public knowledge.
“The government will continue to promptly announce any development in the management of the pandemic in the state through its official channels.
“The office of the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor is also available round the clock for journalists to seek clarifications on issues.”