The Speaker of the House of Representatives Rt. Hon.Femi Gbajabiamila has said that the palliatives provided by the Federal Government at this time of lockdown due to COVID-19 pandemic must reach all Nigerians in need
Gbajabiamila said although the government has done its best to reach as many Nigerians as possible, evidence showed that many Nigerians in need are yet to get any form of palliative.
“The commendable palliative schemes initiated by the administration have helped alleviate the sufferings of some of our most vulnerable populations.
“However, many of our people have not benefited from any of the implemented measures. It is necessary that we act to ensure that as many people as need help, are reached. We must also ensure that the distribution of interventions across the country is inclusive and equitable”. Said Gbajabiamila.
The Speaker made this known in his address to his colleagues at the resumption of plenary session on Tuesday, 28 April, 2020. Gbajabiamila added that: “At times like this, there is a tendency for the existing faultlines of a Nation to become dangerously exacerbated. The government must not be complicit, by acts of omission or commission in any such aggravations, as such will only make it more difficult to maintain the unity of purpose, that is essential to our Nation’s survival at this delicate time.”
He called on the Federal Government to take advantage of the unique insights of Federal Legislators in targeting the distribution of some essential palliatives.
“When Federal Government interventions do not reach those that need, we are the first to receive complaints and have to explain to our constituents the reasons why they do not qualify or why they have been left out. Our grassroots interactions provide knowledge and context that can be useful to ensure that the hardest-hit communities receive help”. Gbajabiamila cries out.