Federal lawmakers at the House of Representatives have called for urgent attention to repair the Lokoja-Okene road. Rising on a Point of Order during plenary on Tuesday, October 10, 2017, Hon. Sunday Karimu lamented that the road which links various parts of country including the south-west, south-east and south-south has become a death trap due to gully erosion that has washed-off major parts of road.
He complained that due to the bad state of the road, both commercial and economic activities have suffered as motorists and road users are compelled to either increase their fares or seek for alternative safe routes to reduce the cost of doing their business. He prayed the House to prevail on relevant agencies of government to urgently swing into action to reconstruct and fix the damaged road.
In another development, the House summoned the Minister of Health Prof. Isaac Adewole to appear before its Committee on Health to explain measures taken to contain the spread of the viral disease known as ‘monkeypox’. The summon stemmed from a motion moved by Hon. Dori Dolye who informed the House that the disease was first noticed in an 11 year old boy in Bayelsa State. He was concerned that despite the news of several other cases in about 6 other States of the Federation, the Minister has been reported to have debunked the disease out-break insisting that unless a confirmatory test is conducted by the World Health Organization laboratory, there is no monkeypox in Nigeria.
The lawmaker commended the collaborative efforts of the Bayelsa State government and the National Centre for Control of Diseases for the timely intervention to confine the affected patient alongside other suspected cases at the Niger Delta Teaching Hospital.
He recommended critical stakeholders comprising of Ministries of Information and Health in partnership with traditional rulers to seriously embark on an advocacy and social mobilization campaign to increase-awareness as well as arrest apprehension by members of the public.