COVID-19: Diri denies meeting Abba Kyari, commends isolation centre

Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has applauded the facilities at the Bayelsa State Isolation Centre, saying the state government was taking proactive measures towards ensuring that Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) was not spread to the state.

He, however, denied meeting with the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Abba Kyari, before he was tested positive to the ravaging coronavirus pandemic.

Diri, who visited the state isolation centre located at the Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital in Okolobiri yesterday, also disclosed that as at the time he met his Bauchi State counterpart, Governor Bala Muhammad during the National Economic Meeting (NEC), he had never contacted the virus.

Diri, who was reacting to several calls from the people of the to go on self-isolation after sitting close to the Bauchi State Governor and allegedly meeting Abba Kyari when he visited President Buhari, however, disclosed that the hospital had already started producing hand sanitizers, face masks and other preventive equipment to protect citizens of the state from contacting the disease.

He said the state government had already taken measures by protecting its waterways and land boundaries to monitor visitors coming into the state.

He said: “I have no contact with Governor Bala Muhammed and Abba Kyari, the Chief of Staff to President Buhari. What happened was that at the NEC meeting, we normally sit in alphabetical order. After Bauchi is Bayelsa.

“So, on Thursday last week, when we had NEC meeting, we sat close and before then, he had not contacted the virus. During the NEC meeting, Abba Kyari was not there. We were told that he was somewhere in Germany. So, actually I am even taken by surprise, where and how the speculation is coming that I had contact with the Chief of Staff.

“For Bala Muhammed, yes, we always sit close during NEC meeting, and by then, he had not contacted the disease.”

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