The 360 members of the House of Representatives have resolved to donate their two months’ salary to support the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria.
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila who announced this in a statement on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, said the donation will be independent of the contributions by individual lawmakers to alleviate the hardship that their constituents face as a result of the pandemic.
Gbajabiamila revealed that starting from March, the lawmakers’ donation will be transferred directly to the National Relief Fund account for the fight against COVID-19.
He added that the House would exercise its oversight power to ensure faithful administration of all emergency funds and contributions made so far to ensure they serve the purpose for which they were intended.
According to Gbajabiamila, the House has mandated the Committees on Health and Disaster Preparedness to diligently oversee the distribution of items donated by local and foreign donors to ensure proper management.
Gbajabiamila also said the House has urged the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to make cash grants to the 774 local government areas in the country to alleviate the suffering of the masses.
The Speaker, therefore, implored Nigerians to adhere strictly to the guidelines given by relevant authorities to prevent further spread of the virus, saying Nigeria could not afford to have a large-scale outbreak of the disease.
The Speaker also applauded the sacrifices made by all the doctors, nurses and other medical professionals who give their best through long hours in the laboratory, in hospitals and emergency care units providing comfort and treatment to mend the sick and heal our country.