The Nigeria Senate has shutdown for two weeks over the ravaging coronavirus pandemic.
Speaking after a one-hour closed-door session on Tuesday, the Senate President Ahmad Lawan said the senate has adjourned plenary until 7th of April, 2020.
Lawan also asked the Federal Government to devote funds specifically to fight the scourge, adding that states across the Federation should also be assisted with funds.
He enjoined Senators to watch out for any emergency, while he asked the Senate Committee on Health and Communicable Disease to move into action to ensure proper coordination of activities.
“The senate further resolves to adjourn sitting for two weeks from today due to the pandemic of coronavirus ravaging the entire world and therefore the senate will resume on the 7th April,” he said.
“However the senate will be on hand in case there is an urgent issue that requires its attention. The federal government should devote special funds to fight the covid-19 threatening Nigeria threatening Nigeria.
“Also the federal government should give financial and other resource assistance to the states in the fight against the virus. The senate committees on health and primary healthcare and communicable diseases will continue to engage on the federal ministry of health and presidential taskforce on covid-19.”
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) had confirmed the first death from coronavirus in the country, with 42 total cases spread across five states and the federal capital territory (FCT).