Basseterre, St. Kitts, April 17, 2020 (SKNIS)
A Resolution that seeks to extend the State of Emergency in St. Kitts and Nevis when passed will save time for persons to act to make Federation safe, said Senator, the Honourable Akilah Byron-Nisbett during the Emergency Sitting of the National Assembly on Friday, April 17, 2020.“Mr. Speaker, we have before us a Resolution which gives our nation the certainty it needs to fight this disease. Mr. Speaker, we need time to fight. We need to allow time for the measures we have introduced to take effect… give it time to work and that is what this resolution will do Mr. Speaker,” said Senator Byron-Nisbett. “We have to be patient and we must have laws that back our medical practitioners because this is what this is. This Resolution is only backing what our medical experts have been advising us to do Mr. Speaker.”
The Resolution before the Honourable House was made under Section 19(3) of the Saint Christopher and Nevis 1983 Constitution order; a resolution of the National Assembly of the Nevis Island Assembly passed for the purposes of this section shall remain in force for six (6) months or such shorter period as may be specified.“We are just making sure that we prepare the country and let persons understand that this is a pandemic that we have no idea how long this would last but all accounts tell us that we are in this for the long haul, we have to prepare for the long haul and so, that is what this government is doing. We are preparing the country for what is the long haul, Mr. Speaker,” Senator Byron-Nisbett said.
Senator Byron noted that there is no room for uncertainty and the government will not risk the lives of its citizens and resident, thus