The Speaker of the Benue State House of Assembly, Mr. Titus Ugba has ordered the immediate closure of the assembly and immediate fumigation of its premises.
The Chairman, House Committee on Information, Mr. Tertsea Gbishe announced this on Monday in a statement.
Earlier, it was confirmed that Ugba and Gbishe had tested positive for COVID-19. The statement also stated that the result of other members and staff of the assembly were also being expected.
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He said, “as a result of this development, the speaker has ordered the immediate closure of the Assembly complex and directed fumigation of the premises.”
Meanwhile, the Secretary of the State Action Committee on COVID – 19 and Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Dr. Sunday Ongbabo hinted that the state government would impose penalties on persons violating the mandatory use of face masks.
“That is the challenge we are facing. Those who refuse to wear face mask are jeopardizing the wellbeing of the people. Therefore, we need to institute stiff penalties on defaulters.” Ongbabo said.