By Ossom Raphael
Abuja – The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment (FMITI), Dr. Nasir Sani-Gwarzo, has said he tested negative for coronavirus otherwise knows as (COVID-19).
The Permanent Secretary, resumed office after leading a ministerial task team on COVID- 19 to Kano Bauchi, Gombe, Sokoto, Borno, Jigawa, Katsina, Yobe and Zamfara states.
Sani-Gwarzo, disclosed this in Abuja, while addressing members of Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) on the Sustainable Production/Delivery of Essential Commodities During COVID-19 pandemic domiciled in the Ministry.
He expressed delight that he tested negative twice to COVID-19 after the high risk assignment.
“My sample was taken and I tested negative, I went into quarantine again for a few days before another test was done, the second test came out negative. So I am happy that I am finally negative.
“I was able to reunite with my family and that is why I am here with you today,” he said.
The Perm Sec commended the committee members for a job well done while away on the national assignment.
“I led the Ministerial Task Team on COVID-19 in Kano, it was conceived by the Minister of Health who sought the concurrence of his brother, Minister of Industry, Trade and investment and the Head of Service of the Federation (HOCSF).
“Fortunately, the assignment went on very well, my team is still in Kano, we have not finished the assignment but, in the interim, while making progress in Kano, the Minister of Health identified the need to increase and extend similar assessment to eight eight additional states”, he said.
He said that the Minister of Health increased their mandate and provided logistics that ensured smooth operation of the task team in the affected states, and that the team has recorded modest impact.
“Two areas that became very clear were incessant of unexplained mortality for which a study is still going on to determine what the cause was really.
“We have conducted verbal postmortem research to find out what was the cause but we thought we neededimension a new dimension to it to give us a scientific basis for our final decision which was the reason why we extended the decision to do biological studies. When the report is ready we will give it to the state”, Gwarzo said
The Perm Sec, further explained that the lessons learnt so far would be leveraged upon to consolidate on the successes recorded by the EOC.
“The EOC is a committee I missed so much, although I see a daily report but I have not been able to interact with you as I used to do on a daily basis.
“I must say that a lot of work has been done, a lot of achievements have been recorded and a lot of patience and real commitment, a very rare kind of commitment has been exhibited,” he added.
Engr. Battah Ndirpaya, the Manager of Emergency Operation Centre (EOC), earlier commended the Permanent Secretary for carrying out the new assignment successfully, saying it justified the confidence bestowed on him by President Muhammadu Buhari and other Nigerians.
“Sometimes as said you find yourself fulfilling that at least you have touched somebody’s life and we work together as a team to touch people’s live”, he said.
Currently Dr. Sani-Gwarzo belongs to four committees on COVID-19 pandemic which include EOC, Committee on the Sustainable Production/Delivery of Essential Commodities During COVID-19 Pandemic, Ministerial Task Team on COVID-19 Pandemic to Kano State and the advisory committee on the recovery of the economy.