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Osun Assembly Suspends Plenary Over Coronavirus

The Osun State House of Assembly has suspended its plenary activities for 16 days to curb the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the state.

Information Committee chairman, Kunle Akande, made this known in a statement in Osogbo, the state capital on Monday.

Akande further explained that the decision is connected to the directive of the World Health Organization (WHO) in curtailing the spread of the disease.

The statement reads: “At a parliamentary session held this morning, 23rd March 2020, the leadership and members of the 7th Assembly agreed that it will be difficult to maintain the World Health Organisation (WHO) social distancing standard in a populated work environment as the Assembly.”

“The Assembly, therefore, wishes to announce the immediate suspension of all parliament activities, sessions, hearings for the next 16 days.”

“Governor Gboyega Oyetola had on Friday ordered the closure of all public gathering including churches, mosques, and schools to avoid the spread of the Coronavirus.”

“With confirmed cases of 36 and one death by the NCDC, it is expedient for the assembly to suspend all gathering to prevent the possible spread of the deadly Coronavirus.”

“We appeal to our people to observe all precautions of regular hand washing, use of hand sanitizer, observing social distancing and avoiding large gatherings.”

“We equally charge the state government under the leadership of Governor Gboyega Oyetola to strengthen its resolve in combating this menace and activate necessary emergency public health protocols.”

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