The leadership of the National Assembly represented by House Speaker, Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila and President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan met with President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
Speaking after the meeting, Gbajabiamila said issues of security, free electricity and other matters during the coronavirus lockdown as it affects Nigerians were discussed during the meeting.
Speaking with State House correspondents after the meeting with the president, Gbajabiamila said: “You know I am very passionate about electricity for our people. Interestingly I brought it up today and we discussed that with the president and hopefully, in a matter of days, he will meet with the stakeholders on electricity.
“I impressed on him my position. The DisCos have their issues, no question about it, but at this point in time, we need to put that aside and think of the Nigerian people.
He noted that President Buhari listened attentively and he further expressed assurance that Nigerians will soon feel more comfortable.
“The president listened very attentively and I think, hopefully, whatever the issues are, we will be able to resolve them at least for these two months and then long-term, how electricity will not be an issue but what is imperative right now, is when you ask people to remain at home, you must make that home a little bit comfortable for them.”
Similarly, the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, told State House correspondents after meeting that the National Assembly leadership discussed with the President on how to manage the coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria.
He commended the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on the COVID-19 pandemic for working hard to address the challenge confronting the nation.
He said: “The leadership of the National Assembly has been holding series of meetings with ministers and the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and this afternoon, we had an engagement with the president to discuss with him what we have resolved as leaders of the National Assembly and our opinion on various issues regarding the fight against COVID-19 in Nigeria as well as going forward.
“For example, the various donations that we are receiving should go into a single account and should have a fund management committee that would be in charge of releases. Accountability and transparency require that we have that separation.
“It is also an opportunity for us to commend Nigerians and corporate bodies that have given us donations but we believe there should be more coordination as far as the management of the funds donated is concerned.”
On the issues surrounding the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP), Lawan disclosed they called for a review of its operations in a way that it will be beneficial to more Nigerians.
Lawan stated: “We also believe that it is time to reform the way and manner we implement the social investment programme, This is a very important programme that is meant to help poor and vulnerable Nigerians and we believe that having implemented it for four years or more, we should be reviewing to evaluate the efficacy efficiency with which we have been implementing the programme.”
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