COVID-19: Senate postpones resumption over lockdown order
- The Nigeria Senate has disclosed that it has postponed the resumption of plenary following the 14 days lockdown ordered by the federal government
- Godiya Akwashiki, the Senate’s spokesperson, told journalists that the plenary that was supposed to hold on Tuesday, April 7, has been suspended
The suspension of plenary was also confirmed by the Senate Leader, Abdullahi Yahaya
The Senate has postponed the resumption of plenary following the 14 days lockdown ordered by the federal government.
Godiya Akwashiki, the senate’s spokesperson, told Premium Times on Tuesday, April 7, that the lawmakers who were supposed to resume plenary today extended the suspension of plenary in compliance with the federal government’s directive.
“No. We are not resuming today, because of the lockdown order,” he said.
Earlier, the Senate leader, Abdullahi Yahaya also confirmed to journalists that the Senate had extended suspension of plenary in obedience to the order issued by President Buhari.
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Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has approved that the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) release 150 truckloads of rice seized from smugglers to the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.
This information was disclosed in a tweet from the federal government's Twitter handle on Tuesday, April 7.
Legit.ng gathered that this is part of the government's palliative measures to cushion the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic for Nigerians.
According to the tweet, the rice seized from smugglers would be distributed across the country immediately.
In another news report, the United States of America has given over $7million (N2,569,000,000) health and humanitarian funding to Nigerian in the fight coronavirus in the country.
According to US Embassy In Nigeria, the money will go into areas like “risk communication, water and sanitation activities, infection prevention and coordination”.
The US also said that the money will be added to the $8.1 (N2,972,700,000,000) billion that America has given to the country over the past two decades.
Nigeria is among several countries that the US gave aid too. Some of the countries like Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya will get $1 million, $1.9 million, $2.77 million, $1 million respectively.
Meanwhile, as the lockdown bites harder, an unnamed Nigerian has cried out for help as lockdown harsh reality bites hard.
The old woman said that relief materials given to her cannot sustain her. In a short video posted online, the woman tabled out the morsel of raw rice and beans given to her as relief material by Shomulu local government in Lagos state.
As some unseen people filmed her, they urged her to speak out against the unfairness of it. At first, the woman was scared, saying she does not want to be attacked.
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When they encouraged her more, she broke down in her worries, asking the government to help her, that the food cannot take her through the lockdown period.
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As the woman spoke, another unseen party joined in, saying Nigerians are really having a hard time and the government is not helping.
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