Coronavirus: Supending Plenary will create Panic - NCDC Boss Tells Reps
By Olamide Fadoju
The Director-General of Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu says the plan by the House of Representatives to suspend plenary for two weeks could cause panic and send the wrong signal to Nigerians.
Ihekweazu said this in a chat with Channels Televisions on Wednesday.
The House of Representatives has passed a resolution to suspend plenary for two weeks to enable the management of the National Assembly, put measures in place against the spread of coronavirus in the country.
Reacting,the NCDC boss said the decision of the House of Representatives to suspend plenary for two weeks is needless.
“I have all the respect for the honourable members. They represent Nigerians, they express the anxieties of Nigerians across the country but I think the time has not come (to suspend plenary).
“If they respond by suspending sessions, everyone else will begin to think ‘should I close my business?’, ‘Should I close my office?’, ‘Should I close my school? It is disproportionate at this time. I think what the honourable members should do is supporting the work we are doing; the technical work that the experts are doing. Give us your support; give us a sustainable budget so that we can develop the expertise.
“Ask us for advice so that we can advise you on what to do. If I were asked, I would tell them that it is too early to carry out a measure like that. They need to express by their actions and words, confidence in the government institutions that they have set up and which is their mandate to fund.”
Meanwhile, Dr. Ihekweazu took to Twitter to refute rumours that he is in quarantine saying he is only self-isolating after returning from China last week
"I am well and have continued my duties from home since my return from China as part of the WHO-China Mission on #COVID19 The rumour that I am sick or in quarantine is obviously false. I look forward to returning to the office after 14 days of self-isolation," the tweet read.