Reps Seek 2-Month Electricity Payment For Nigerians

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The House of Representatives is to consider a Stimulus Bill that will ensure that Nigerians get free electricity supply for two months to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila said the proposed Bill is to help in boosting the economy through the informal sector as the country prepares for the consequence of the coronavirus.
Gbajabiamila stated this at the National Assembly meeting between the National Assembly leadership and the Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmad, the Director-General of the Budget Office of the Federation, Ben Akabueze, among others.
The Senate President, in his opening remarks, noted that the meeting, the second in about 10 days, was a testimony of the commitment of both arms of government at addressing the issues holistically.
He assured that the Nigerian parliament will perform its constitutional roles towards ensuring that Nigerians benefit from all efforts aimed at mitigating the effects of the disease..
On his part, Gbajabiamila said the country will not afford to be unprepared for the effect of Covid-19 on its economy.
He however, noted that all government funds and private donations must be transparently accounted for.
Gbajabiamila also urged the Finance Minister and her team to consider all options put forward by experts on preparation against the economic effects of coronavirus outbreak.
The Minister for Finance, said the money is expected to be raised from various Special Funds and Accounts in consultation with and with the approval of the National Assembly.
The intervention fund will be utilized to finance the Federal Government’s support to state in improving their healthcare facilities and also finance the creation of a Special Public Works Programme

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