- The NDDC has confirmed that its top official who died last week was due to complications from COVID-19
- The NDDC executive director of finance and administration, Ibanga Bassey Etang, died on Thursday, May 28
- Some rumours had suggested the Late Etang might have been assassinated due to the ongoing probe in the NDDC
The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has confirmed that its executive director of finance and administration, Ibanga Bassey Etang, who passed away recently, died due to COVID-19 complications.
Etang died last week at the Rivers State University Teaching Hospital, Port Harcourt.
Some media reports had suggested the Late Etang might have been assassinated due to the ongoing probe in the intervention commission.
But, the NDDC in a statement on Tuesday, June 2 by its spokesman, Charles Odili, said the late Etang tested positive for COVID-19.
Part of the statement read: “The Rivers state ministry of health has written to the commission to also confirm the cause of death resulting from complications attributable to COVID-19.
“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.”
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Meanwhile, the head office of the agency in Port Harcourt has been shut following the death of Late Etang on Thursday, May 28.
The commission in a memo on Thursday informed staff that the head office was going to be shut for two weeks.
In a related development, the chairman, Imo state council of traditional rulers, Eze Samuel Agunwa Ohiri, has manufactured a five-minute coronavirus testing kit.
Ohiri an American-trained medical scientist said the feat was achieved in his medical factory located at Obi-Orodo in Mbaitoli local government area of the state.
Similarly, the Nigerian Air Force has unveiled 2 emergency ventilators produced by a team of researchers from the Air Force Research and Development Centre and Air Force Institute of Technology, Kaduna.
The ventilators were produced in partnership with the faculty of veterinary medicine, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.
According to the respected monarch, the kit took him about two months to manufacture.
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