The Anambra State House of Assembly has adjourned plenary indefinitely to avoid spread of Coronavirus in the state.
The Speaker, Mr Uche Okafor, made the announcement while addressing newsmen after an executive session, in Awka, yesterday.
Okafor said the decision was taken following directive from Governor Willie Obiano asking workers in the state to stay at home for two weeks to curtail the spread of COVID-19 in the state.
“I wish to announce that the Anambra State House of Assembly has proceeded on indefinite adjournment due to the outbreak of Coronavirus in the country.
“Lawmakers will, however, embark on sensitisation tour of their various constituencies to educate their constituents on the dangers of the Coronavirus in the country and ways to stay safe,” he said.
Okafor commended Obiano for the proactive measures put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the state.
According to him, such proactive measures are in the interest of the people of the state.
He appealed to residents to adhere strictly to the directive of the state government in their own interest.
“The state government is doing all it can to ensure that the virus does not enter the state.
“As legislatures, we promise to assist the Governor to achieve his good intentions for the people of the state,” Okafor said.
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A former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George has urged federal government to relax the lockdown it imposed on Lagos State as a result of COVID- 19 pandemic.
George, who made the call in a statement in Lagos, yesterday said the lockdown imposed since March 29 was adversely affecting livelihoods and bringing up security challenges.
He said though government intended to curb the spread of the virus with the lockdown, the directive had left many Nigerians hungry at home without palliatives.
The PDP chieftain noted that there must be a balance between curbing the spread of the virus and protecting livelihoods and asked the government to relax the lockdown while putting safety measures in place.
“Everywhere in Lagos is now locked down. The markets, banking halls, the local grocery shops, the supermarkets, the transportation services are all halted, frozen by the federal government directives since March 29.
“On the surface level, the federal government’s position is to ensure safety, prevent communal spread of the virus and banish this scourge from our shores.
“Lagosians have been staying at home for about a month now. In a largely informal economy where most of our people depend on daily wages, the burden of lack of income is devastating.
“There is a natural growing anger in Lagos as the most vulnerable are ravaged with hunger,” George said.
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