A file photograph of lawmakers throughout plenary on the Home of Representatives chamber in Abuja.
The members of the Home of Representatives have resolved to donate their two months’ wage to help the struggle towards the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria.
Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila who introduced this in an announcement made obtainable to Channels Tv on Tuesday mentioned the donation will likely be unbiased of the contributions by particular person lawmakers to alleviate the hardship that their constituents face on account of the pandemic.
Gbajabiamila mentioned, ranging from March, the lawmakers’ donation will likely be transferred on to the Nationwide Aid Fund account for the struggle towards COVID-19.
“We’ve within the Home of Representatives collectively dedicated to contributing a hundred percent (100%) of our salaries for the subsequent two months to the struggle towards COVID-19 in Nigeria.
“Our contribution will help provisions for the welfare of frontline medical professionals and well being staff, and different interventions to supply for the wellbeing of all Nigerians by means of these attempting occasions.
“Accordingly, I’ve directed the Clerk to the Nationwide Meeting to see to it that every one members’ salaries are transferred to the Nationwide Aid Fund for this month and the subsequent,” the Speaker mentioned.
He added that the Home would train its oversight energy to make sure devoted administration of all emergency funds and contributions made thus far to make sure they serve the aim for which they have been supposed.
In response to Gbajabiamila, the Home has mandated the Committees on Well being and Catastrophe Preparedness to diligently oversee the distribution of things donated by native and international donors to make sure correct administration.
Gbajabiamila additionally mentioned the Home has urged the Central Financial institution of Nigeria (CBN) to make money grants to the 774 native authorities areas within the nation to alleviate the struggling of the lots.
“The House also calls on the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), as part of its Policy Measures in Response to the COVID-19 outbreak, to immediately direct cash grants to the seven hundred and seventy-four (774) Local Government Area administrations in the country to provide food and other essentials to at-risk individuals and communities.”
The Speaker, due to this fact, implored Nigerians to stick strictly to the rules given by related authorities to stop additional unfold of the virus, saying Nigeria couldn’t afford to have a large-scale outbreak of the illness.
He additionally applauded the sacrifices made by all of the medical doctors, nurses and different medical professionals “who give their greatest by means of lengthy hours within the laboratory, in hospitals and emergency care items offering consolation and therapy to fix the sick and heal our nation.