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Published On: Thu, Mar 19th, 2020

Senate asks Buhari to update Nigerians on Coronavirus

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By Musa Adamu and Ikechukwu Okaforadi

The Senate on yesterday urged President Muhammadu Buhari, to immediately brief Nigerians on efforts by the government to address the outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) disease in the country.
The call on the President was contained in resolutions reached sequel to the consideration of a motion brought to the floor by Senator Danjuma Goje (APC – Gombe Central).
Oluremi Tinubu (APC – Lagos Central), in her contribution to the motion said the outbreak of the disease is a wake up call for Nigerians to take personal hygiene seriously, adding that Nigerians should not go about in fear.
Contributing, Sen Ajayi Boroffice (APC – Ondo North), said because Nigeria’s borders were porous, foreign nationals now use the land borders as entry and exit route to and from Nigeria.
He, therefore, urged the Ministry of Health to immediately place a ban on citizens of countries already affected by the Coronavirus disease.
Also speaking, Sen Jibrin Barau (APC – Kano North) advised authorities of churches,, mosques and hotels to introduce the use of testers in identifying infected persons so as to control the spread of the dreaded disease.
Similarly, Sen Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi (APC – Niger North) said “the issue at stake is one that calls for caution and proactive measures.
“There are people who are having the virus and the symptoms are not there.
“For us to deal with this matter, individual contribution is key. Those who have travel to the epicenter of the disease are supposed to isolate themselves. Are they keeping to this?
“If you look at our health facilities, it is not in the best of state. Countries with good health facilities are on lockdown.”
Sen Emmanuel Bwacha (PDP – Taraba South) also said, “we (Nigeria) are the largest black nation in the world, and our borders are very porous.
“The dangers that this virus will bring upon us because of our policy will be very dangerous.
“Once you’re not a Nigerian, we should stop them at the border and ask them to return to where they are coming from.”
Sen George Thompson Sekibo (PDP – Rivers East) said, “even those that have the technology to solve the problem, the virus is still spreading without respecting any person.
“Let the ministry of health come with real standard on how to behave now. Our airports and seaports are still open, and you don’t have the equipments to fight it.

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