By Ademola Akanni, Abuja
The House of Representatives would adjourn plenary indefinitely, The Gazelle News.com reports.
This was announced on Tuesday, 24 March, 2020 by the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila.
The Speaker stated this during his opening remarks at the plenary sitting on Tuesday.
According to him, the Reps members will adjourn Indefinitely as a precautionary measure to curtail the spread of coronavirus which is rapidly growing in the country.
Gbajabiamila said the lawmakers would only work on an economic stimulus bill to protect Nigerians and the economy against the impact of COVID-19, after which the House would shut down.
The House had on March 3, 2020, resolved that the National Assembly should suspend plenary for two weeks for fear of coronavirus, asking the management to install screening and sanitation devices at the National Assembly Complex, Abuja.
The Minority Leader, Ndudi Elumelu, had raised a point of order on legislative privilege, saying, “I think that this House should suspend plenary for a period of two weeks, for the management to sanitise everybody and allow it to put measures in place so that all of us can be tested.
“It may sound like a joking matter but it is a very serious matter. And I think this House should take this as a very serious matter, otherwise, you would not know who to shake (hands with).”