- It was earlier reported that Raymond Dokpesi and seven of his family members tested positive for coronavirus
- Reacting to the news, the minister of state, labour and employment, Festus Keyamo, prayed for the family to recover quickly
- The minister expressed optimism that will all bounce back to good health
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Festus Keyamo, Nigeria's minister of state, labour and employment, has sent his prayers to the Dokpesi family.
His prayer follows reports that Raymond Dokpesi and seven of his family members tested positive for coronavirus. Dokpesi is the founder of DAAR Communications Plc, owners of AIT and Raypower.
Keyamo in a tweet posted in the early hours of Saturday, May 2, wished the Dokpesi family a speedy recovery.
His tweet read: “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Dokpesi family at this time.
“I have implicit faith and unshakable belief that, one by one, they shall ALL recover and bounce back to good health!”
Dokpesi, in a statement on Friday, confirmed that he tested positive alongside his family members.
This came after the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) conducted tests on Dokpesi and his family members just a few days after his son tested positive for coronavirus and went into isolation.
According to the statement, he and his family members were on their way to the federal government isolation center in Gwagwalada, Abuja.
Added to the fact that the test has extended to the DAAR Communications staff who had contact with the firm’s index case, the headquarters of the company located in Abuja has been decontaminated.
Dokpesi's son was said to have been self-isolating in the past week before he developed malaria symptoms and started coughing. He reportedly contacted the NCDC for a COVID-19 test which came back positive.
The chairman, who is said not to have a recent travel history, advised those who have interacted with him lately to get tested.
Legit.ng reported earlier that the NCDC announced 238 cases of the novel coronavirus in Nigeria on Friday, May 1. The new cases are among the highest to be reported in the country by the government agency.
According to the report, Kano state has the highest infections with 92 cases while Federal Capital Territory, Abuja followed with 36 infections. Lagos came third with 30 infections.
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