Yusuf Bello|The Senate, on Wednesday, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to “immediately” address Nigerians over the Coronavirus pandemic.
The upper legislative chamber also urged the Federal Government to take more drastic measures to contain the virus’ spread such as restrictions on large gathering, tighter border control, and stringent screening of those coming into the country.
The Senate equally asked the government to close down all international airports in Nigeria except Abuja and Lagos as well as suspend the issuance of visa on arrival.
Other measures recommended by the Senate include, the quarantine Nigerians returning from countries that had recorded over 1,000 cases, and the setting up of a Special Intervention Fund to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.
The resolutions followed a motion by Senator Danjuma Goje.
In his response, Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, cautioned against being complacent and called for improved measures to be taken so as to prevent an uncontrollable outbreak of the disease in the country.
Lawan said, “Even if our environment is hostile to coronavirus, we need to be extremely careful. If we feel we are safe, it will lead us to complacency.”