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Reps Want FG College Hostels Used As Emergency/Isolation Units

24 March 2020 National News News

The House of Representatives has directed the Federal Ministry of Education to immediately make available hostels in the now-vacated Federal Government Colleges in the country for use as emergency care centres and isolation units.

This followed the adoption of a motion on the urgent need to adopt measures to curb the spread of corona virus sponsored by the speaker of the house Femi Gbajabiamila at plenary.

This is to enable the Federal Ministry of Health and the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) effectively manage the high numbers of people requiring treatment from the Covid 19 disease.

Leading the debate the Speaker stressed the need for the Federal Ministry of Health and the NCDC o immediately develop contingency plans for the establishment of emergency care facilities at the Federal Government Colleges.

The House further urged the Federal Ministry of Health, to work with the Association of General and Private Medical Practitioners of Nigeria and other stakeholders to develop plans for the deployment of a corps of doctors and medical professionals to these emergency care centres as the need arises.

The House also called on the Central Bank of Nigeria to act urgently by fully funding the establishment and operations of these emergency health centres across the country as part of measures to curb the spread of covid 19.

The lawmakers further resolved to invite the Governor and senior management staff of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to brief the leadership of the House on the details of the Central Bank’s Policy Measures in Response to the Covid – 19 Outbreak including the procedure and requirements for the disbursement of earmarked intervention funds under the emergency policy measure.

While commending the Federal government for its efforts in the fight against covid 19 the lawmakers urged the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to exercise his authority under the Customs, Excise and Tariffs Act to remove any import or excise duty on essential medical equipment as determined by the Minister of Health to be necessary for the management of the pandemi.

Aisha Adesanya/Abuja



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