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House of Reps to resume plenary on Tuesday despite COVID-19 spread

The House of Reps has scheduled its resumption for Tuesday amid the fight to contain coronavirus.

This was contained in a statement issued by the clerk, Patrick Giwa, on Sunday, April 27, to all members.

The House of Reps had in March suspended its plenary for two weeks; in a bid to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease.

It later extended the suspension in compliance with the lockdown in the FCT.

On safety measures, Giwa said the COVID-19 guidelines approved by the federal government and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC); and additional guidelines developed by the House of Reps will be sent to members’ pigeon holes for collection on resumption.

He, however, said staff and members’ aides are to work from home and will be notified; when needed in the office for any special assignment.

“This is to inform all Members of the House of Representatives that the House will now resume plenary session on Tuesday, April 28, 2020, at 10.am,” he said.

“Members are advised to take note of the new date of resumption, please.

“The Covid-19 Guidelines approved by the Federal Government and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and additional Guidelines developed by the House will be sent to Members’ pigeon holes; for collection on resumption.

“Staff and Members’ Aides are to work from home and will be notified when needed in the office for any special assignment.”

The lower legislative chamber had suspended plenary on March 24 when the country had 44 COVID-19 cases.

Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately wade in; as well as arrest the situation of alleged mass death in Kano.

The party, in a statement issued by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan in Abuja on Sunday, April 26; also demanded an immediate investigation into the circumstances leading to the reported number of deaths in the state within the last one week.

Ologbondiyan said that the PDP’s call was predicated on conflicting reports emanating from Kano State on the cause of the sudden deaths; particularly at a time when the nation was battling with the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.

He described the situation as a frightening development; calling for a presidential visit to the state to identify with the people.

“Our party holds that the situation in Kano demands an immediate presidential visit; and investigation at a very high level.

“The development deserves utmost presidential attention,” he said.

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