COVID-19: Senate in partial closure

*Suspends Public hearings

*Bars visitors on excursion from its proceedings

By Ignatius Okorocha

The Senate on Thursday resolved to suspend all its public hearings in a bid to guide against the spread of the dreaded Coronavirus that is ravaging the world with effect from Tuesday, March 24,2020.

The upper chamber also directed management of National Assembly to shut down its gallery from visitors,students and organizations watching its proceedings till further notice.

It further barred visitors, students and organizations wishing to watch its proceeding from the gallery till further notice.

These resolutions of the Senate were sequel to about 30 minutes closed door deliberations of the Senate yesterday.

Availing Nigerians of what happened at the 30 minutes closed door session of the Senate on Thursday,President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, said:” The Senate at closed door session deliberated on issues bothering on the workings of the Senate in particular and National Assembly in general.

“The Senate also resolved to suspend all public hearings till further notice as a result of Coronavirus.”

Consequently he orders that the gallery should remain closed to the public till further notice

Continuing he said,”In addition, the Senate gallery remains closed to the public till further notice; including excursions by schools and organizations from Tuesday the 24th of March, 2020. Is this a true reflection of what transpired in closed session.”

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