- Amid the outbreak of coronavirus in Nigeria, the Senate has suspended its plenary
- The suspension has become necessary in order to curb the spread of the deadly COVID-19
- The upper legislative assembly had earlier suspended public hearing
The Nigerian Senate on Tuesday, March 24, after an executive session, suspended its plenary. The president of the Senate Ahmed Lawan disclosed this in a statement shared on his official Facebook page.
The suspension of the red chamber's plenary had become necessary to curb the spread of the coronavirus in the country. The lawmakers will embark on a two weeks recess and resume on Tuesday, April 7.
Lawan went on to note that the recess won't affect the upper chamber's legislative duties as they would be on hand to treat any issue of national emergency.
Earlier Legit.ng reported that an aide to one of the Senate principal officers speaking to The Nation has said the upper chamber has no choice but to suspend its legislative activities today.
This is coming four days after its lower chamber counterpart said that it is not considering suspending plenary over the outbreak of coronavirus.
Benjamin Kalu, the spokesperson for the House of Representatives on Thursday, March 19, said the lawmakers will go on with sessions to enable them deliberate on burning issues in the country.
He stated that House cannot suspend plenary because it needs to sit and resolve important issues.
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Legit.ng previously reported that the Nigerian Senate has suspended public hearing over the rampaging coronavirus pandemic. This was disclosed by the president of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan.
The president of the Senate disclosed this at the commencement of plenary on Thursday, March 19. He also announced the suspension of visitors coming to the public gallery. This suspension becomes effective from Tuesday, March 24.
In a related development, Abba Kyari, the chief of staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, has raised an urgent alarm to the speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, about the arrogance of some Nigerian lawmakers towards health officials at the airport.
Kyari, in a letter, addressed to the speaker of the lower legislative chamber on Saturday, March 21, said the minister of health had drawn his attention to lawmakers' repeated violation of screening procedures at the airports.
Similarly, President Buhari has been tested negative of the pandemic coronavirus. But Kyari has been confirmed positive of coronavirus.
The president's chief of staff who returned from Germany on March 14, did not self isolate as NCDC directed and attended a meeting on Saturday, March 21, in Aso rock on containing the virus where he began to cough repeatedly and thereafter surrendered himself for testing.
He has now gone into self-isolation for treatment.
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