Coronavirus: Senate Adjourns For Two Weeks As Reps Suspend Plenary Indefinitely

March 24, 2020
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The Senate on Tuesday adjourned plenary till April 7 as part of measures to prevent further spread of COVID-19 in Nigeria.

The lawmakers took the decision after a closed-door session that lasted one hour.

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, urged the Federal Government to assist the states with funds to combat the menace.

He also stressed the need to set up a special fund to assist victims of COVID-19.

The senators also observed a minute silence for the late Senator Rose Oko.

The House of Representatives, will, after a brief sitting today, adjourn plenary indefinitely as coronavirus spreads in Nigeria hitting 40 cases already.

The Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, made this known in his opening remarks at the plenary on Tuesday.

Gbajabiamila said the lawmakers would only work on an economic stimulus bill to protect Nigerians and the economy against the impact of COVID-19, after which the House would shut down.

The House had on March 3, 2020, resolved that the National Assembly should suspend plenary for two weeks for fear of coronavirus, asking the management to install screening and sanitation devices at the National Assembly Complex, Abuja.

The Minority Leader, Ndudi Elumelu, had raised a point of order on legislative privilege, saying, “I think that this House should suspend plenary for a period of two weeks, for the management to sanitise everybody and allow it to put measures in place so that all of us can be tested.

“It may sound like a joking matter but it is a very serious matter. And I think this House should take this as a very serious matter, otherwise, you would not know who to shake (hands with).”

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