Ibanga Bassey Etang, executive director of finance and administration of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), died of complications from COVID-19, the commission has said.
The NDDC shuts its head office in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, after Etang’s dead, asking its staff to immediately proceed on self-isolation.
This had fuelled speculations that Etang died from complications of COVID-19 but the commission had asked the public to disregard reports on the cause of the death of its director.
But in a statement on Tuesday, Charles Odili, NDDC’s Director of Corporate Affairs, said the family permitted it to announce his cause of death.
“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,” he said.
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“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.”