The Speaker of the Anambra State House of Assembly, Hon. Uche Okafor, has announced the closure of the chamber.
Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Okafor noted that the complex was shutdown following a medical report after some lawmakers and workers contracted COVID-19.
The speaker added that security operatives have taken over the entire arena to prevent workers and visitors from entering the premises.
The speaker said the complex, including the offices and surrounding, along with the houses of those who tested positive, would be fumigated.
He said: “The COVID-19 team in the Ministry of Health came last Thursday to take samples of lawmakers and staff members.
“As an institution, we need to lead by example, hence we have decided that the assembly complex be shut for three weeks.
“This is to allow the ministry to do contact tracing of those found to be positive for the virus.
“There will be no plenary or committee work and we appeal that those who need to go on isolation should please do so.”
Some media reports claimed that some lawmakers and staff of the Assembly tested positive for COVID -19, which led to the closure of the complex
But Chairman, House Committee on Information, Okechukwu Okoye, has debunked the rumour of coronavirus pandemic in the Assembly
Okoye who described the reports as “dangerous rumour” said there was no iota of truth in such stories.
However, the lawmaker said the complex was shutdown because of government policy to fumigate some public buildings in the state as a preventive measure against diseases, including COVID19.
He said: “There is no iota of truth in the story. This is dangerous rumour. The truth is Governor Willie Obiano, is fumigating public institutions in the state as a preventative measure against diseases, especially COVID-19.
“The Governor started the exercise at the Secretariat. Now it’s the assembly complex.
“That’s why we vacated the place and asked workers to also vacate for two weeks because the toxicity of the fumigation.
“Nobody has tested positive for COVID19 in the assembly to the best of my knowledge.”