The Delta State House of Assembly has debunked a social media report purporting that journalists were prevented from covering the proceedings of the House.
Reacting to the report, the Majority Leader and Chairman, House Committee on Information, Honourable Tim Owhefere, said the allegation was not a true reflection of the situation in the state legislature.
Owhefere, joined by the Deputy Majority Leader, Oboro Preyor, told newsmen that the novel Covid 19 pandemic had forced the leadership of the House to adopt measures aimed at reducing human and vehicular traffic in the Assembly complex.
The lawmaker, who represents Isoko north in the House, stressed that the new order was part of measures to control the spread of the Corona virus in the state and not peculiar to the Delta State legislature.
The Majority Leader emphasized that the measure affected both the members, political aides, civil servants, other support staff and visitors to the Assembly complex, saying that normal activities would resume after the fight against the pandemic.
He said the Assembly was only enforcing the directives of government to curtail the spread of the COVID – 19 in the state, adding that the situation at the Assembly complex was a temporary arrangement put in place to ensure the safety of the people.
The Majority Leader and Chairman, House Committee on Information, appreciated journalists in the state for effectively covering the activities of the House and solicited greater collaboration.