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Speaker of Parliament, Professor Aaron Mike Oquaye has directed that the law-making chamber be fumigated as part of measures to enhance hygienic conditions in the House and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

While addressing the House on Wednesday, the Speaker indicated that arrangements will also be made to make use of the upper part of the chamber should there be a need.

The directive by the World Health Organization to countries in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak has been that as much as possible, public gatherings should be avoided since the disease can spread from person to person.

In view of this, countries such as Italy and Canada have shut down their Parliaments while others have enforced stringent measures to ban large public gatherings to protect their citizens.

Already, three lawmakers in France have contracted the virus, an Iranian MP and cabinet members have died from the virus and in Africa, a Sudanese Member of Parliament has also passed away.

Addressing Parliament after concerns were raised by Minority Chief Whip Muntaka Mubarak about their meeting, Prof Mike Oquaye said in compliance with social distancing directives from the World Health Organizations, the House will also re-arrange its sitting positions to create the needed space so Parliamentarians can feel safe in delivering their mandate.

“There shall be fumigation of this chamber before we recede tomorrow and also all other arrangements including the possible use of upstairs, the gallery and other spaces, the leaders’ creating spaces within the chamber should also be considered because these are global directives and if we must also take off and adhere to them then we have to,” he stated.



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