Covid-19: Reps to Consider Free Electricity for two months for Nigerians
A bill seeking to give Nigerians free Electricity for two months due to Coronavirus Pandemic in Nigeria will be consider in the House of Representatives.
The Speaker of House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila who made this known on his twitter handle said the proposed Bill, which will be the second Stimulus Bill by the Green Chamber, is to be considered immediately the House reconvenes from its ongoing break.
He said, “It is one thing that will touch every household. As I said earlier, when we engaged, I discussed with the electricity Distribution Companies (DisCos) to propose what it would require- if the government can give them -for us to allow for two months free electricity for Nigerians”
Gbajabiamila made this known during meeting with National Assembly Leadership, Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed and Director General of Budget Office, Ben Akabueze at the National Assembly complex.
On the need by the Executive arm to source for funds in the fight against coronavirus & its socio-economic effects, the Speaker reiterated the need for oversight
He called for transparency in the disbursement of government funds & private donations in the fight against .
“There has to be a collaboration. It cannot be a unilateral decision from the National Assembly; it can’t be a unilateral decision from the Executive; there has to be a collaboration. I’m glad that we are on that trajectory.
“That is why, we in the House have directed our Committees on Health, Disaster Management and Preparedness and Donor Agencies to talk to the PTF, talk to the Minister of Health and the Central Bank of Nigeria.”
Earlier, the Minister for Finance, said among other measures, the establishment of a N500bn COVID-19 Crisis Intervention Fund is on the table.