The health of Nigerians has once more taken the centre stage of the Senate on Tuesday, March, 24, 2020 as the Chamber went into Executive Session that lasted for almost two hours. On resumption of plenary, the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, who presided over the day’s plenary announced that the Chamber in a closed door session deliberated on issues bordering on the workings of the Senate in particular and the nation in general.
The President of the Senate also disclosed that the Chamber had discussed the prevailing issue of Coronavirus Pandemic and consequently resolved to:
i) Call on Nigerians to observe all protective/precautionary measures recommended by the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
ii) Call on the Nigerian Government to accord full attention to the Pandemic and offer assistance to the State Governments in their fight against the disease.
iii) Urge all Senate Committees on Health (Primary and Secondary Health) and Communicable Diseases to collaborate with the Presidential Task Force on Covid 19 and other Stakeholders within and outside the Government in fighting the Pandemic.
Meanwhile, the Upper Legislative Chamber has announced the death of a serving Senator, Sen. Rose Oko.
The Senate Leader, Yahaya Abdullahi (Kebbi North) made the announcement via a Motion moved on the floor of the Chamber. The lawmaker died on Monday, March 23, 2020 at the age of 63 after a protracted illness.
She was born on the 27th of September, 1956 and had represented Cross River North Senatorial District on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
The Chamber accordingly resolved to:
i) Deferred all items on the day’s Order Paper to another legislative date
ii) Suspend Tuesday, March 24, 2020 plenary session in honour of the deceased.
iii) Observe a minute silence in honour the late lawmaker.
iv) Senate prayed for the repose of her soul and the family she left behind the fortitude to bear the loss.
v) The Chamber condole with the immediate and extended families of the late Senator, people and government of Cross River State.
vi) The Senate has adjourned plenary session to the 7th of April, 2020.