OrderPaperToday –  The Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Healthcare Services, Hon. Yusuf Tanko Sununu (APC, Kebbi) has said the efforts of Civic Society Organisations (CSOs) are vital in ensuring improved healthcare delivery for citizens.

Sununu also said the National Assembly is happy to partner with the civil society in the performance of its lawmaking and oversight functions, especially with respect to healthcare delivery.

The lawmaker who represents Yauri/Shanga/Ngaski Federal Constituency in Kebbi State, revealed this while speaking at the OPEN – Online Parliamentary Engagement Nigeria- webinar which held on the 28th of July, 2020.

Sununu, who spoke on several issues on the health sector, stated that there is need for collaboration and teamwork in the lawmaking process and CSOs can play a lot of roles by bringing evidence-based advocacy and findings to the attention of the legislature.

According to him, “CSOs have roles to play to ensure that what is budgeted for can benefit Nigerians everywhere. They should serve as watchdogs and if they refuse to partner with the National Assembly, there can be disharmony in the country. CSOs can follow up and go and inspect a project. They should ensure that constituency projects are followed up until completion.”

The lawmaker also harped on the need for synergy among the three tiers of government in access to quality healthcare especially in the rural areas of the country.

The special citizens-parliament virtual platform designed by OrderPaper Nigeria for convening conversations between representatives in parliament and citizens, also had on the panel, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Primary Health and Communicable Diseases, Senator Chukwuka Utazi.

The OPEN webinar was moderated by Oke Epia, OrderPaper Nigeria Executive Director, and Mr. Greg Anyaegbudike, the Federal Team Lead of the Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn (PERL) Programme of the British Department for International Development (DFID).

It was the third in the monthly series.

Reporting by Vivienne Deinde-Joseph

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