OrderPaperToday – The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Idris Wase, has called on members to adhere strictly to the social distancing rule as prescribed by the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) in the sitting arrangement henceforth.
He reminded members that the House had outlined a sitting pattern to respect the social distancing guidelines, warning that erring members would be made to face undisclosed consequences.
Wase also stated that those wearing face shields should endeavor to wear face masks, adding that shields alone do not constitute adequate protection.
The directive was issued on Tuesday during plenary session as the House resumed from its two weeks break.
He also stated that members should remember that they are representatives of Nigerians and should be the ones setting good example for their constituents.
“As representatives of the people we should be the ones stressing the need for safety measures among Nigerians,” he said.
The Deputy Speaker then charged the Chief Whip of the House, Mr. Mohammed Monguno (APC, Borno) as well as the Deputy Chief Whip, Nkeiruka Onyejeocha (APC, Abia) to use their offices to ensure members comply with the sitting arrangements.
On his part, the Leader of the House, Alhassan Ado-Doguwa called on the Sergeant-At- Arms to ensure that seats are marked so that the unmarked ones will remain vacant to prevent members from violating the sitting arrangements of the House.