OrderPaperToday – The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has accused officials in the executive of giving President Muhammadu Buhari wrongful advice on bills passed by the National Assembly.
Lawan warned the unnamed officials to desist from giving the President wrongful advice on legislations passed by the Parliament.
He disclosed this while delivering his remarks at the two days public hearing on three bills before the Senate on Tuesday. The hearing was organized by the Senate Committee on Health.
Lawan also condemned the Minister of Health, Emmanuel Ehanire, the Minister of State for Health, Adeleke Mamora, and other ministry officials, for not attending the hearing.
“Sometimes, the National Assembly will process a bill and the bill would be taken to Mr. President for his assent, and somebody will just go round and misadvise that the bill shouldn’t be assented to, mostly Ministry people.
“So, it is always in the interest of the government and good governance that when there is a public hearing, the Ministry and government officials, the technical people should be around to hear the views of the people.
“If they have any objection, they should say so in the presence of everyone, so that they listen to arguments.
“And, therefore, it is sad that neither the Minister nor the Minister of State, nor anyone from the Federal Ministry of Health is here to attend this particular public hearing. I feel it is sad, and nothing should happen to our bills.”
The senate president also called for more emphasis on human resource empowerment in the healthcare sector.
“There is no gainsaying the fact that the quantity and quality of personnel in the health sector are as important as the physical features of the sector.
“While we are worried about growing the structures, we cannot also be less concerned about growing the relevant human resources.
“Manpower in the health sector is a regular focus, because of its ability to make the difference between life and death. The formal educational requirement towards initial qualification is fundamental, just as training and re-training.
“Added to this is the management element, because of the need to formulate policies, and the attendant proper direction for actualization.
“It is for this reason that we cannot renege on the obligation to focus on training institutions, for a sustainable growth. This is the central focus of the Bills we are discussing today”, Lawan explained.
The bills for consideration are: A bill for an Act to to Amend the Orthopedic Management Board Act No 91, 1979 and for other related matters and to provide for the establishment of Federal Orthopedic Hospital KUTA , Bill 2021 (SB. 279); the National University of Health and Medical Sciences Suleja (establishment etc (SB. 633); and Federal University of Health and Medical Sciences Abeokuta, Ogun State (establishment etc) Bill 2021 (SB. 26).