Benue State House of Assembly has been shut indefinitely to allow members and staff to undergo COVID-19 screening and treatment.
Mr. Tertsea,the spokesman of the house of Assembly Committee Chairman on Information and Orientation Gbishe made this known yesterday in Makurdi. He said the decision to shut the Assembly was arrived at following the sudden spike in the number of COVID-19 cases in the state.
“given the nature of the assembly’s functions which requires that members interact with their constituents on one hand and top government functionaries in Ministries Departments and Agencies, MDAs, on the other, it is important to undertake regular COVID-19 test because of the exposure of members while carrying out their constitutional responsibilities.”he said.
He added that plenary would resume as soon as the leadership of the house resolved that it was safe for members and staff to resume at their duty posts.
The lawmaker commended the State’s Action Committee on COVID-19 led by the Deputy Governor, Benson Abounu for taking steps to contain the spread of the virus in the state. He urged the committee to take steps to ensure that test centres were easily available and accessible to the people of the state who would want their samples tested.