All 24 Commissioners in the Imo State cabinet have tested negative for COVID-19.
The commissioners last week undertook the COVID-19 test following a directive by Governor Hope Uzodinma that they submit themselves for the test before commencement of the weekly state Executive Council Meeting.
It was gathered that the meeting earlier scheduled for 11am was shifted to 1:40pm to allow the Commissioners time to get tested by the Imo State COVID-19 response team.
Our correspondent gathered that the results of the tests came out on Sunday and all 24 commissioners returned negative.
Confirming the development, Commissioner for Special Projects, Simon Ebegbulem said the governor was committed to checkmate spread of COVID-19 in the state.
He said: “When the governor gave the order we thought he was joking but he was serious.
‘’He directed the state Commissioner for Health, to ensure that all the commissioners subjected themselves to the Covid-19 test.
“As you can see, the governor’s proactive measure is a thing to be commended, and copied by others. Where it not for such measures, we might as well have been seeing something else, as is being witnessed in some other states.¹
“This is a governor that is determined to protect the health and wellbeing of every citizen, no matter whose ox is gored. I am happy that I tested negative and none of my colleagues tested positive.
“We had a successful executive council meeting afterwards, and we look forward to more of this lesson in leadership by example from our governor.”