OrderPaperToday – Nigerians have called on the National Assembly to provide a robust legislative framework as well as exhaustive oversight of the social investment programme of the government.
They said this has become an urgent task given the on-going distribution of palliatives to poor and vulnerable households to cushion the effects of the covid-19 pandemic.
The citizens also called on the federal and state governments to put in place a scientific and up-to-date register of Nigerians which is disaggregated to provide reliable data on the poor and vulnerable.
These resolutions were reached after exhaustive debate at the CITIZENS HUB where Nigerians from all walks of life converge virtually to discuss issues of national interest, according to a statement signed by Dr. Haruna Dabin, mni; Dr. Cosmas Anyakudo; and Mr. Longe Omolaja.
The CITIZENS HUB is a citizen engagement platform by OrderPaper Nigeria which comprises Nigerians who share the aspiration of a Nigeria that works for all Nigerians irrespective of tribe, status, or religion.
A resolutions document on the issue of covid-19 and palliatives read thus: “In the wake of COVID-19 and the ensuing cash transfer program as a palliative from the Federal Government, members of the CITIZENS HUB deliberated the intervention both in reach and coverage and the following resolutions were reached:
“Nigeria as a nation must ensure full documentation of citizens and residents. This pandemic has exposed the dearth of accurate statistics on the different useful categories in the country.
“There should be a long term deliberate effort to generate accurate, current and robust statistics on all the sections and segments of the nation. State Governments should be encouraged and supported towards documentation of their poorest of the poor.
“A general push for all states to be covered in the cash transfer program and the scope to be widened.
“The National Assembly is called upon to provide a legislative framework for the Social Investment Initiative that every forward looking nation should endeavour to provide for its citizens. The outcome of the oversight activities of the NASS on the spread of the palliatives should we widely publicised.”
Reporting by Vivienne Dehinde-Joseph