Address Nigerians On Coronavirus, Ban Crowd Gathering, Public Worship —Senate, Reps Tell Buhari

Address Nigerians On Coronavirus, Ban Crowd Gathering, Public Worship —Senate, Reps Tell Buhari

The Nigerian Senate has directed President Muhammadu Buhari to hold a nationwide broadcast on
coronavirus just has it called for  drastic precautionary measures to forestall the spread of the bug in the country.

The Senate's resolutions came off the back of a point of order moved by Danjuma Goje, a legislator from Gombe Central at the Wednesday plenary — just hours after the five fresh COVID-19 cases were discovered.

The Senate's directives also collided with separate resolutions reached by the House of Representatives requiring the President to ban open worship and other public gatherings until further notice.

The Reps which ordered mandatory coronavirus tests on all staff and members of the National Assembly further announced an indefinite ban on all visitors to both the upper and lower legislative chambers and their premises.

It also charged the federal government to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Singaporean government to produce testing kits for Nigeria.

Some of Goje's prayer adopted by the Senate included: “Senate should call on President to personally address this nation on this issue. Bigger countries are doing that. If he comes out, I think Nigeria will take this matter more seriously. I am not saying they are not doing anything."

“Federal Government to take more drastic precautionary measures should include but not limited to travel ban, outright ban of some countries, tighter border controls, restricted gathering, stringent checking of coming into the country, a compulsory Quarantine for two weeks.

“Urge the Federal Government to suspend issuance of Visa on arrival.

“Urge Federal Government to ensure an immediate meeting of the National Council of Health to harmonise their responses to the COVID-19 and set up a special intervention fund to tackle the COVID-19.”

A recommendation for the Ministry of Agriculture to restock the nation’s silos was rejected.

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