Speaker, Gombe State House of Assembly, Alhaji Abubakar-Sadiq Ibrahim, has announced the suspension of all legislative activities and directed staff to stay at home from March 25 to April 14.
Ibrahim made the announcement in a statement issued by Abubakar Umar, Chief Information Officer of the House of Assembly and made available to newsmen in Gombe.
The speaker said that equally affected by the directive were members of staff of the Gombe State Assembly Service Commission.
He said that the suspension of legislative and other activities in the parliament was to complement Gov. Inuwa Yahaya’s efforts at taking proactive measures to prevent the spread of the dreaded pandemic COVID-19.
According to him, the leadership of the house is concerned about the welfare and safety of its workers and the entire people of the state.
Ibrahim advised the people of the state to follow the measures put in place by government at all levels to contain the spread of the pandemic.
The speaker also called on journalists to ensure that information on the disease was not only from credible sources but thoroughly verified before being published.
Ibrahim further cautioned social media users against posting unverified information on the internet that could jeopardise the effort of government at curbing the spread of the disease.
He appreciated the timely measures taken by the state government toward protecting people from contracting the disease and assured the governor of the support of the legislators toward sustaining this.
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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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