EKITI ASSEMBLY SHUT INDEFINITELY OVER CORONAVIRUS

Ekiti State House of Assembly yesterday announced indefinite suspension of legislative activities as part of measure to contain the spread of the dread coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Moving the motion under matters of urgent public importance, the chairman of House Committee on Health, Mrs. Teju Okunyiga, informed the house of one confirmed case of COVID-19 in Ekiti.

Also, the state’s taskforce on coronavirus yesterday announced the first death on Nigerian soil possibly from the deadly virus.Okunyiga called on the lawmakers to take enough precautionary measures to contain further spread of the disease, including shutting Assembly complex.

Other members who spoke on the matter, including Mrs. Yemisi Ayokunle, Gboyega Aribisogan and Abiodun Fawekun, suggested that aside the Assembly complex, public places like schools should be shut for now.

Ruling on the motion, the Speaker, Mr Funminiyi Afuye, said: “Activities at the Ekiti House of Assembly is hereby suspended as suggested by members, until further notice when the tension about the dread coronavirus is doused.”

The Assembly thereafter adjourned sitting ‘sine die’.

In related development, the Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools (ASUSS) has called on the government to close down schools in the state with immediate effect