The House of Representatives on Tuesday called on the Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal government to ban all large gatherings in Nigeria to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.
The Green Chamber made the call while urging the federal government to postpone the National Sports Festival.
The resolution followed a motion of matters of urgent public importance moved by Luke Onofiok.
Reacting to the motion, Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila said that to do otherwise would be “irresponsible”.
Naija News reports that the federal government of Nigeria bowed to pressure and postponed the National Sports Festival tagged Edo 2020.
This development was confirmed by the Minister of Sports, Sunday Dare, in a series of tweets on Tuesday.
He noted that the decision is not unconnected with the coronavirus outbreak in Nigeria and the need to safeguard the citizens of the country.
According to a tweet from the presidency, President Muhammadu Buhari approved the postponement of the 2020 National Sports Festival, as a precautionary move against COVID-19 after he was briefed this morning (Tuesday) by the Minister of Youth and Sports Development and the Minister of State for Health, Dr. Adeleke Mamora.
Recall that a third case of the coronavirus disease was on Tuesday confirmed in Lagos State, Nigeria’s commercial capital city.
The patient is an independent case not connected with the index case of the Italian man.
She is a 30-year-old Nigerian female who returned from the United Kingdom on Friday, 13 March 2020, observed self-isolation, developed symptoms and has been tested positive.