Ondo & Trace Magazine: The Ondo state Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Donald Photo has responded to Trace Magazine over its investigative analysis.
Trace Magazine in an article titled “COVID-19 Turns To Business In Ondo” said that most of the Coronavirus patients in the state are imported from Lagos, and more.
TRACE INVESTIGATES: COVID-19 IS BECOMING A BUSINESS IN ONDO STATE
This is a case allegedly imported into Ondo State by some individuals who want to keep the isolation centre running.
At 11:30am today, we got a tip that a COVID-19 positive patient was being imported from Lagos to Akure allegedly by some medical professionals on the bill of the government. The vehicle that brought the patient took off from Lagos this morning.
At 11:49am, TRACE put a message through to the Commissioner for Information to confirm the allegations that a COVID-19 patient was being imported to Akure from Lagos. The commissioner referred us to his health counterpart.
On receipt of our message, the Commissioner for Health refused to respond and when called, he claimed not to have read his text messages and then declined comments, saying he was too busy.
There have been allegations of shady activities at the isolation centre in Akure as some medical workers, in connivance with some government officials, want to keep the centre running at all costs.
There are other details of the shady activities going on in the centre and we will continue to investigate while we urge the governor to beam a search light on the centre.
In response to this allegations against the government, Donald Ojogo says Trace Magazine’s investigative report are “allusions” made in “erroneous conclusions,” adding that they missed the point.
Ojogo says, “The attention of the Ondo State Government has been drawn to the subject matter in which allusions were made and erroneous conclusions reached.”
“Without doubt, TRACE Magazine indeed, sought reactions to the issues in reference. In line with our response protocols, I considered it very necessary that certain technical details were required and deeper insights desirable in respect of the issues raised.”
He further stated that, “Our long established communication synergy since the COVID-19 pandemic wherein intricate medical issues are first determined and processed before dissemination, strengthened my decision to refer the Magazine to the first point of our prescribed communication protocol.”
“Coincidentally, the Health Commissioner was said to be briefing Mr. Governor on the latest development when the Magazine made efforts to confront him with the issues raised. To underscore Government’s commitment to transparency in the face of the current challenges, Mr Governor wasted no time in disclosing the case in question to the public.”
Donald Ojogo believes Trace Magazine’s report is that of a “misleading enterprise” that reported prematurely.
“As of right, TRACE Magazine had a choice to either revert, after a fruitless attempt to get the attention of the Commissioner for Health or go ahead with an unsubstantiated copy. We conceed the choices to the writer; but the consequences of a misleading enterprise in respect of COVID-19 are shared by all.”
“While Government considers the said ‘investigation’ a brazen act of blackmail, the general public is urged to ignore this slight pen slip by TRACE Magazine.”
“The paper missed the point to the extent of its availability to enrich insinuations spiked by certain interests. From all indications, the motive behind the publication unpretentiously, overshadowed the possible harmful impact of distorted information on the public that is faced with the daily challenge of COVID-19 anxiety than the target-Ondo State Government. It’s another missed point.”
“To insinuate that the Ondo State Government, under the present circumstances of an undeterminable pandemic, ‘imported’ a corona virus victim to shore up economic sympathy is nothing but a perfidous walk along a strange trajectory.”
He calls on ‘all’ help where they can in this time of COVID-19 as even the government needs advice and not “manipulation.”
“Nonetheless, the Government is open to suggestions as it battles this pandemic. The media, as always, remains a veritable partner in this regard. It, therefore, becomes distasteful if any component of such partnership willingly opens its flanks for manipulation.”
“We hold no grudges; but our collective efforts, especially those whose professional calling has placed in the frontline, deserve support.”