The 360 members of the House of Representatives have donated two months salary to the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria,
The Speaker, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila in a statement said the donation will be independent of the contributions by individual lawmakers to alleviate the hardship that their constituents face “at this time of national emergency.”
He said the donation will be transferred directly to the National Relief Fund account for the fight against COVID-19.
The speaker said the House would exercise its oversight power to ensure faithful administration of all emergency funds and contributions.
The House has mandated the Committees on Health and Disaster Preparedness to diligently oversee the distribution of items donated by local and foreign donors to ensure proper management, he said.
Mr Gbajabiamila also said the House has urged the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to make cash grants to the 774 local government areas in the country to alleviate the suffering of the peoople.