Coronavirus: House of Reps to suspend plenary amid Covid-19 spread

Coronavirus: House of Reps to suspend plenary amid Covid-19 spread

- House of Representatives will on Tuesday suspend all plenary as part of measure to curb the spread of coronavirus

- Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila told the members that activities at the lower chamber will be put on hold after the passage of Emergency Economic Stimulus bill

- The move to suspend plenary came after Abba Kyari, Buhari's chief of staff, wrote the speaker over some members' violation of airport screening procedure

Amid growing tension over the spread of coronavirus, the House of Representatives will on Tuesday, March 24, suspend plenaries and shut down activities at the lower chamber.

Legit.ng recalls that the virus hit the pinnacle on Monday, March 23, as Nigeria recorded its first casualty. The victim was a 67-year-old man who was later identified as Alhaji Suleiman Achimugu.

And on a vital meeting on Monday, speaker of the House, Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila, told members that the plenary will be put on hold as from Tuesday, The Cable reports.

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Although the green chamber was to proceed on Easter break on Thursday, March 26, the need to suspend plenary became expedient as the country seems to get the hard knock of the pandemic, with many cases reported within 48 hours.

Coronavirus: House of Reps to suspend plenary amid Covid-19 spread

House of Representatives will on Tuesday suspend all plenary as part of measure to stop the spread of coronavirus
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Earlier on Monday, Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) claimed that the cases of Covid-19 have increased to 40, with seven of it in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Responding to Covid-19 reality, Speaker Gbajabiamila told members that the House would only deliberate on ‘Emergency economic stimulus bill’ (EESB) and suspend the plenary by 12 pm.

“The decision was already made over the weekend to shut down the house. Though the house will be closing tomorrow, I will implore all members to be present on the floor for the passage of a bill titled Emergency Economic Stimulus Bill which the leadership of the House has been working on all weekend and concluded this night.

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“The EESB will be the only item on the order paper tomorrow as we intend to conclude sitting by 12.30. We will suspend our rules and will take the 1st 2nd and 3rd readings of the Bill and send immediately to the Senate for concurrence," Gbajabiamila told members in attendance on Monday.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the Senate has been plunged into anxiety over the Covid-19 status of 35 senators who just returned from the United Kingdom.

The senators were said to have travelled to the UK for a seminar but upon their return, they failed to self-isolate and instead mingled with their colleagues.

The revelation emerged hours after Abba Kyari, Buhari's chief of staff, accused some House of Representatives members of violating airport screening procedure.

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