Ondo lawmakers reject motion to suspend LG polls due to coronavirus

Ondo lawmakers reject motion to suspend LG polls due to coronavirus

- Lawmakers in Ondo state have refused to cancel the local government elections scheduled for April 18 despite the threats of coronavirus

- Interestingly, the lawmakers suspended plenary for two weeks to enable members visit their constituencies

- They also barred visitors from parking inside the House premises but to park outside with a view to using the wash hand basin and sanitisers provided

Ondo state lawmakers on Thursday, March 19 rejected a motion by the only Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) member in the House, Rasheed Elegbeleye, that the April 18 local government elections be postponed till further notice as a way to curb the spread of the dreaded coronavirus.

Elegbeleye had argued that the local elections would make people gather in a place and postponing the polls would help to curb the spread of CONVID-19.

The majority All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmakers shouted him down and rejected the motion.

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Interestingly, the lawmakers suspended plenary for two weeks to enable members visit their constituencies and sensitise them on the need to maintain proper hygiene and curb the spread of CONVID-19.

Ondo lawmakers reject motion to suspend LG polls due to coronavirus

Ondo lawmakers also restrained visitors into the Assembly Complex
Source: UGC

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The Speaker, Bamidele Oleyelogun also barred all visitors from parking inside the House premises but to park outside with a view to using the wash hand basin and sanitisers provided.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Senate has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to address the country on the measures taken to stop the spread of coronavirus in the country.

The lawmakers made the request on Wednesday, March 18, after debating a matter of urgent public importance at a plenary session.

On its part, the Nigerian Governors’ Forum has set up a six-man sub-committee as part of measures to tackle the dreaded coronavirus.

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The committee is headed by the governor of Kaduna state, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai.

Other members of the committee are governors of Edo, Godwin Obaseki; Ogun, Dapo Abiodun; Kebbi, Atiku Bagudu; Ebonyi, David Umayi; Nasarawa, Abdullahi Sule and Jigawa, Abubakar Badaru.

In a related development, some experts have cautioned that Nigeria should take necessary action to tackle tuberculosis (TB) in the country, noting that it is worse than coronavirus.

The experts made the comment at the Pre-World TB media briefing in Abuja on Tuesday, March 17.

They called on the Nigerian government to pay serious attention to TB, stressing that it is a more dangerous disease than the dreaded coronavirus.

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