13 October 2020 by Aisha Adesanya
The Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila has inaugurated a Covid-19 testing centre at the National Assembly.
Speaking at the commissioning, Gbajabiamila said the idea behind having a Covid-19 testing centre within the National Assembly is to enable the over 4,000 people working in the Federal legislature have easy access to a testing facility.
According to him, given the nature of their work, which involves relating with people from different places, it was imperative for lawmakers and their staff to have a Covid-19 test center.
The Speaker urged lawmakers, especially members of the House, their aides, the staff of the National Assembly and other support staff to ensure that they get tested as they now have a testing centre closer to them.
He thanked the chairman of the ad-hoc committee on Covid-19, Haruna Mshelia, and management of the National Assembly as well as the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) for their efforts in establishing the centre.
Earlier, the Chairman of the House Covid-19 Adhoc panel, Haruna Mshelia, said the centre was established following the directive by the Speaker to do so.
He noted that his panel received the support of the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19, the NCDC and the National Assembly in making the testing centre become a reality.
Giving the votes of thanks, the Clerk to the National Assembly, Ojo Amos Olatunde, thanked all those that made the centre come to fruition.