‘Declare state of emergency on COVID-19’

A member of the House of Representatives, Mr. Simon Chukwuemeka Atigwe, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency on the COVID-19 pandemic.

He said in a statement in Abuja that the declaration of a state of emergency on the pandemic will make the measures put in place by the government to curtail the spread of the disease effective.

The lawmaker, who represents Igbo-Eze North/Ndenu Federal Constituency of Enugu State, however, frowned at a call by the Federal Government on Nigerians to prepare for tougher measures to curtail the spread of the disease, saying it would create panic among the populace.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, was quoted as saying that the Federal Government might unveil new measures, including the use of military and the police to trace over 1, 300 contacts of victims, who had dissolved into the society and yet to be traced.

Atigwe said that a state of emergency would make earlier precautionary measures to stem the infections rate such as banning large gatherings of over 50 persons, sporting events and closing of schools, among others, more effective.

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