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COVID-19 spread: Ex Imo lawmaker accuses Chiji-led State Assembly of recklessness




A former member who represented Ehime-Mbano state constituency in Imo House of Assembly, Lawman Duruji has blamed the spread of COVID-19 at the state Assembly on the recklessness in leadership by the speaker, Chiji Collins.
The lawmaker who spoke via a phone chat said the situation could have been avoided if the House had not reconvened at the heat of the pandemic.
According to him, “there was no urgent need for the House to continue to hold plenaries against the repeated global warnings. The use of a single microphone during seatings may have facilitated the spread among members.
“The most worrisome is that all entreaties by members to stop the use of one microphone in the course of debates during plenaries met the brick wall. So, members were unknowingly passing the virus through the single microphone while the speaker had his own separate microphone.
“Now that some members have tested positive and may have passed the same to their family members, how much care has the leadership shown? I even heard that some of their aides have not received salaries since this period. This is sheer wickedness!” he added.
Reacting to the blames, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the Speaker, Emeka Ahaneku said the ex-lawmaker lacks the authority to speak on the matter.
Ahaneku insisted that before the outbreak of the virus in the House, the Speaker had instructed the Clerk to ensure strict adherence to all precautionary measures as given by the NCDC.
He concluded that whatever anyone attributes as the root cause of the spread is mere speculation and unfounded.
It was learnt that over twelve members of the Assembly allegedly tested positive to the virus after tests by the state COVID-19 taskforce released recently.

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