Senate postpones resumption to adhere to lockdown order

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The Senate has extended the suspension of the plenary in order to comply with the lockdown order given to contain the spread of COVID-19.

The Senate’s spokesperson, Godiya Akwashiki, confirmed this, Tuesday.

This, he said, was in compliance with the 14-days lockdown order given by President Buhari.

“No. We are not resuming today, because of the lockdown order,” he said.

Earlier, the Senate Leader, Abdullahi Yahaya, also confirmed to NAIJA LIVE TV that “the Senate shall abide by the Executive Order of Mr President which is binding on all, short of any National Assembly legislation to the contrary.”

However, when asked if the Senate will hold an emergency sitting to consider the N500 billion loan request by the president, Akwashiki said he could not comment as the lawmakers are yet to agree on that.

“We have to agree on whether or not there will be sitting for that. For now, I cannot say. I can only speak on the resolution of the Senate so let’s be patient, when we get there, we will know.”

The Senate had on March 24, suspended plenary sessions for two weeks in order to curb the spread of Coronavirus disease as well as put up other safety measures in the complex.

The lawmakers were expected to resume legislative activities yesterday, but the president, on March 29, ordered the lockdown of Lagos and Ogun States and FCT.

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