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Covid-19: House Of Reps Suspends Plenary For Two Weeks

24 March 2020 National News News

The House of Representatives has suspended plenary for 14 days to curb the spread of covid-19 disease in the country.

Addressing the lawmakers after the business of the day the Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila who presided over plenary said this was to ensure compliance to directives banning gathering above 20 people by the federal government.

The speaker who added that the break should not be seen as an holiday but an act necessitated in furtherance of the social distancing and isolation guidelines, said the house may reconvene to act on emergency legislation and possible amendment of the Appropriation Act, 2020.

The Speaker also noted that the Clerk of the National Assembly will maintain essential personnel to ensure full compliance with sanitation, health and safety requirements in the National Assembly adding that no member of the House of Representatives may travel out of the country during this time.

Meanwhile all activities of the House of Representatives within and outside the National Assembly have been suspended for the duration.

Aisha Adesanya/Abuja

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