Coronavirus: Senate Urges Buhari to Address Nation

In News 2020-03-18 16:36:47
Coronavirus: Senate Urges Buhari to Address Nation
Coronavirus: Senate Urges Buhari to Address Nation

Senate has asked President Buhari to address the nation over the coronavirus pandemic.


The Upper Chamber on Wednesday also advised Federal Government to consider restricting mass gatherings in the country to curb the spread of the dreaded disease.


The lawmakers among other resolutions expressed worry at the rate Nigerians were being exposed to persons traveling into the country from areas where the virus was prevalent.


These resolutions followed debate on a motion sponsored by Senator, representing Gombe Central, Danjuma Goje.


In his submission, Goje asked “President Muhammadu Buhari to personally address this nation on this issue.”


I commend the Federal Government, they are doing very well,” Goje noted.


He added: “if you come into the country through the airport, you have to fill certain forms to disclose your address, telephone numbers and contact information, your next of kin, so you can be traced, and they check people’s temperature.


"But, I think that is not enough, this country must re-mobilised, it has to do like other countries are doing, so that we can protect our citizens better.”


Also speaking on the motion, Senator representing Niger North, Abdullahi Sabi, said the Coronavirus pandemic must be treated with more urgency and as a national security threat. 


After contributions from lawmakers, who spoke in favour of the bill, President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, urged the government to establish testing centres across the 36 states of the country including the FCT.


Meanwhile, Businessman, Tonye Cole says he was on the same BA75 flight with the lady who has now tested positive for the corona virus COVID 19.


“I was on the BA75 flight of the 13th from London on which a lady tested positive for #COVID19Lagos,” the APC stalwart tweeted.


According to him, the Lagos State Ministry of Health has asked all the passengers to “self-isolate.”


He also praised the government in the efforts to fight the Coronavirus.

“I’m grateful to NCDC for measures taken at airports to document all passengers coming into Nigeria so we’re all safer,” he said.


Meanwhile, local airlines operating at the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa, say they are not cutting down flights. Also, prices of flight tickets have remained the same despite the spread of coronavirus globally.


A senior official of Dana Airlines told our correspondent that airlines have taken further steps to ensure the safety and wellbeing of their passengers.


In a related development, computer and phone accessories dealers in Port Harcourt say the global spread of the corona virus is affecting the business.


Some of them told Nigeria Info FM that they are now forced to buy accessories from the open market at an expensive price which has led to a hike in these accessories.