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Coronavirus: Senate shuts down, adjourns till April 7



The Senate on Tuesday shut down and adjourned plenary till April 7th, 2019 due to the rising cases of coronavirus outbreak.

Also, the adjournment was sequel to the death of the Senator representing Cross River North, Rose Okoji Oko who died after a protracted illness.

The Senate on Tuesday observed a minute silence in honour of the late Oko and adjourned plenary to the effect.

Senate President, Ahmad Lawan while making the announcement on Tuesday said: “The Senate on closed-door session resolved to adjourn for two weeks from today due to the coronavirus raging the whole world. Therefore the Senate will resume on 7th of April.

“The Senate will, however, be at hand to ensure observance of the safety rules. The Senate further urged the federal government to allocate special funds to fight the coronavirus. Also, the Federal government should give assistance to states to fight against the COVID 19.

“The Senate committees should continue to liaise with the federal ministry of health and NCDC on the fight against the dreaded coronavirus,” Lawan announced.

Recall that the Senate had a week ago, announced a shut down of all committee public hearings to prevent the spread of the dreaded coronavirus outbreak.

Senate President Ahmad Lawan had stated that the “Senate resolves to suspend all public hearings till further notice as a result of the Coronavirus; and

“The Senate gallery will remain closed to the public till further notice including excursions from schools and other organizations from Tuesday, 24th March, 2020,” Lawan stated.

Meanwhile, the motion on adjournment for the death of late Senator Oko was moved by Senate Leader, Yahayah Abdullahi and seconded by Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe.