The National Assembly has been shutdown for two weeks as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
IVOTESNG reports that the Senate is likely to resume on April 7, 2020 if there is no national emergency.
President of the Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan, after a closed meeting by Senators which lasted about 40 minutes said lawmakers unanimously agreed that the National Assembly adjourn plenary for a period of two weeks due to the Coronavirus pandemic which has led to most countries shutting down activities.
He, however, emphasized that the Senate will reconvene to attend to matters of national importance which require urgent legislative intervention within the period the National Assembly will be on recess.
“The Senate in particular, and the National Assembly in general, further resolved to adjourn sitting for two weeks from today, due to the pandemic of Coronavirus ravaging the entire world and the entire world, and therefore, the Senate resumes on the 7th of April.
“However, the Senate will be on hand in case of emergency in any national issue that requires its attention,” Lawan said.
The Senate President further advised Nigerians to observe all preventive measures recommended by the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
While calling on the Federal Government to immediately set aside a Special Intervention Fund to curtail the spread of COVID-19 in Nigeria, the Senate President advocated for the release of financial assistance to states for the same purpose.
“As at now the only way out of the pandemic is for the population to observe recommended measures/advices by the National Centre or Disease Control (NCDC).