The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has urged lawmakers who just returned from foreign trips to go for coronavirus test.
Lawan also said the lawmakers should self isolate themselves for 14 days before appearing in the chamber for legislative business.
Lawan stated this during an executive session before the commencement of plenary yesterday.
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Sen Godiya Akwasiki (Nasarawa North) while briefing the Senate press corps said the President of the Senate had asked all lawamakers who recently returned from foreign trips to ensure they carry out test and also isolate themselves for two weeks.
Akawsika said: The last question which is difficult a one to answer, but I answer you, that some lawmakers, who just returned from America, from Canada,from United Kingdom,from Ghana, why they did not mself quarantine, before coming to National Assembly.
“We are taking measures on that, it is some of those things that we discussed at the senate close session.
“Senate President announced to all the 109 senators, in fact, he urged those that just returned to the country to go and text themselves from tomorrow.
“In fact,he said as leaders we should show examples to others.”
On if the National Assembly would shut down because of COVID-19, he said some senators had at the executive session had called for the shutting down of National Assembly.
Akwasiki, however said if for any reasons, the COVID-19 situation gets out of hand the leadership would not hesitate to shut down National Assembly for some time, for safety of Nigerians.
On why President Muhammadu Buhari was yet to address the nation on COVID-19 situation, despite Senate resolution,
He said although there were procedures for the President to address the nation via the television.
He, however, said , if in the next one week, the President do not address the nation, the leadership of National Assembly would engage the executive.