What Nigerian lawmaker said about Covid-19

The Nigerian Senate again has called on the Federal Government of Nigeria to impose travel ban on countries with high risks of coronavirus so as to prevent having an epidemic in the country. This call came through the Senator representing Gombe Central senatorial district, Senator Danjuma Goje, who came under section 45 insisting that the Senate mount pressure on the federal government to impose travel ban as a preventive measure against the importation of the deadly coronavirus into the country. What Nigerian Senator said.

Also, the Senator representing Kwara Central senatorial district Ibrahim Oloriegbe, had on Tuesday come under section 45 requesting that the federal government immediately impose travel ban on all western countries with high risk of coronavirus, when the federal government had earlier announced that it would not impose travel ban on countries with active spread of the virus. With the announcement of the third case of coronavirus on Tuesday by the minister of health, Dr. Osagie Ehnanire, the Nigerian Senate has began to mount more pressure on the federal government to immediately impose travel ban on all countries with high risk of coronavirus.

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Nigeria recorded its third case of the coronavirus infection on Tuesday, all linked to Italy and UK, which are among high-risk countries. Speaking further, Senator Ibrahim Oloriegbe reiterated that Nigeria currently has only five centres where testing can be done, and that government has to step up the testing capacity, and provide support for state governments. Supporting his recommendation, a good number of senators insisted that the federal government establish testing centers in all 36 states of the country for ease of early detection of the virus on suspected victims.

Adding to other contributions Senator Thompson Sekibo (APC) of Rivers East senatorial district alerted the Senate on a novel written 12 years ago by an American writer, Sylvia Browne in her book titled “End of Days” which predicted that a deadly disease will suddenly appear around 2020 and will ravage a large number of people on the earth before it disappears just like it came. He reads, “The writer wrote that around 2020 a severe pneumonia-like illness will spread throughout the globe, attacking the lungs and the bronchial tubes resisting all known treatments.

Almost more baffling than the illness itself will be the fact that it will suddenly vanish as quickly as it arrived, attack again ten years later and then disappear completely.” Sekibo added that even the highly technological countries can not find a solution and that the virus is still spreading with no respect for anyone. “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. “Let no one from this chamber travel out of here. What Nigerian Senator said.

Let us quarantine those coming from outside. Let us be more careful because we don’t have the resources to fight it,” he pleaded. President of the Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan, in his concluding remarks called for improved measures to be taken so as to prevent uncontrollable outbreak of the disease in Nigeria. He cautioned saying, “even if our environment is hostile to Coronavirus, we need to be extremely careful. We won’t know when it adjusts to the environment and become very potent.”

The Senate in its prayers, accordingly, urged the Federal Government and Nigerians to keep abreast of all measures and developments related to Coronavirus globally. The Senate President urged all lawmakers to give the federal government full support to fight Coronavirus (COVID-19) spread, and called for a Special Intervention Fund to combat the deadly disease.

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