The federal government has been urged to set-up testing centres in all 774 local governments areas across the federation.
The advise was given by the House of Representatives today, while also resolving to send an invitation to the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, the Director-General Nigeria Centre of Disease Control, Chikwe Ihekweazu and Chairman of the COVID-19 Task Force, Boss Mustapha to appear before the House on Tuesday, 5th of May, 2020 to brief the House on COVID-19 efforts in Nigeria.
The chamber further asked the federal government to give each state a minimum of N1billion support and asked that the same support granted to Lagos and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), should be granted to Kano.
The resolutions followed the adoption of a motion on matters of urgent public importance moved by the leader of the House, Alhassan Ado Dogwa from Kano state.
Leading the debate on the motion, Dogwa said: “The case we have in Kano is alarming, some people have called it a disaster, some have called it a calamity, Mr. Speaker, I want to say that based on my experience, it is not only a disaster or a calamity but it is a catastrophe.”
“Some of the deaths that we recorded may not be unrelated or connected with the COVID 19, but it is believed even by medical professionals in the state that there must be something behind or aside the covid19.”
When the motion was put to question, it was adopted by the House.