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Coronavirus: Reps have not suspended proceedings- Spokesman.


By The Emmanuel Iriogbe,Iriogbe, Abuja

As the coronavirus epidermic rages all over the world, the Nigeria House of Representatives has come out to emphasise that it has not suspended proceedings due to the disease.

In a statement made available to PenPushers and signed by the House spokesman, REP. BENJAMIN OKEZIE KALU that though considered a motion asking for the House to suspend oroceedings was moved, it was yet to take a decision on the matter.

Recall that the House of Representatives, in plenary on Tuesday the 3rd of March, 2020,considered a motion on the urgent need for emergency response and need to contain the deadly coronavirus in Nigeria.

Some of the prayers include the need for the leadership of the National Assembly to
set up an ad-hoc committee to liaise with the relevant health agencies to ensure
efforts to combat the virus are intensified.

The House also called for a better
orientation of the disease by the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture through
relevant media outfits to keep Nigerians abreast of the situation.

An amendment to the prayers of the motion calling on the House to suspend plenary for two weeks to work and contribute its legislative efforts by helping to sensitize
constituents on the coronavirus and how it is being handled was also adopted. The
amendment also urged the management of the National Assembly to put measures in
place to ensure the virus does not find a place to fester in the National Assembly.

However, the sookesman emohasised the necessity to clarify that the two weeks suspension of plenary has notcommenced and is subject to reconsideration by the House.

To this effect, the leadership of the
House is to meet and consider the arrangement necessary before a date can be fixed
for the sensitization of constituents by their respective lawmakers, therefore, the
business of lawmaking continues on Wednesday March 4, 2020.

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