Senate President Ahmad Lawan says the National Assembly will continue to review of all COVID-19 emergency measures. He said it was to determine the effectiveness and prepare the government for future emergencies and would include all relevant legislation. Lawan stated this on Wednesday at the official unveiling and public presentation of the National Institute of Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS) Publication.
“A Political Economy of Pandemics and Consequences of COVID-19 for Nigeria.”
He said that as Nigeria began to recover from impact of the pandemic, the national assembly would continue to undertake thorough review of all emergency measures to determine their effectiveness and prepare the government for future emergencies.
“We will equally maintain oversight of government interventions to ensure comprehensive reporting on how funds and other resources were utilized by relevant government agencies during the pandemic.”
“The response of Nigeria to the pandemic was decisive and the government adopted well-defined strategies to contain the spread of the virus, provide healthcare to those affected and cushion the economic effects of the lockdown.”
He, however, noted that in the health sector, the pandemic revealed some inadequacies and underscored the need for a complete overhaul to reposition the sector to better respond to this and future emergencies. Lawan listed efforts of the national assembly at containing the pandemic to include the fact that lawmakers had to reconvene to consider and pass the revised 2020 budget and approve other financial measures of President Muhammadu Buhari. In his remarks, Speaker, House of Representatives, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila said Nigeria and indeed the world had in the past year, witnessed a global pandemic that had altered lives in fundamental ways.