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Corona virus scare: Reps suspend plenary

The House of Representatives in Nigeria has suspended plenary for two weeks due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) disease.

According to reports, the two weeks of recess will enable legislators to be tested for the virus.

The resolution followed a motion on ‘Emergency response to tackle coronavirus’ which was introduced during plenary by Josiah Edem from Akwa Ibom state.

During the debate on the motion, most of the lawmakers lamented that there is nothing being done to adequately prepare the national assembly in the event of the spread of the virus among staff and visitors.

Minority leader Ndudi Elumelu, moved that the house suspends its activities to enable the national assembly management put in place adequate measures to safeguard lawmakers against the outbreak. He stated that the house should suspend plenary for two weeks for adequate handling of this matter and to allow management to put measures so that all of us can be tested.

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