OrderPaperToday – As Nigerians begin to appraise the response and performance of the National Assembly (NASS) on the Covid-19 pandemic, some senators have thumbs up the level of legislative interventions.
Senators Sabi Abdullahi (APC, Niger North), Adamu Abdullahi (APC, Nasarawa West) Nora Daduut (APC, Plateau South) have expressed satisfactions on the response of the National Assembly to Covid-19 outbreak.
The position of the trio however, is not in tandem with the view expressed by another senator, Francis Fadahunsi, who said it was divine intervention that saved Nigeria and not the efforts of government.
They said the NASS response was decisive and that the Federal Government adopted well-defined strategies to contain the spread of the virus, provide healthcare to those affected and cushion the economic effects of the lockdown.
According to them, in the health sector, the pandemic revealed some inadequacies and underscored the need for a complete overhaul to reposition the sector to better respond to this and future emergencies.
The senators also agreed that parliamentary oversight of policy measures undertaken to deal with health emergencies was crucial and adequate.
However, Hajia Hafsat Olokodana, Project Coordinator, Mission for Education Social & Health, expressed disappointment on the response of the NASS to the pandemic.
According to her, other African countries did “better than what we got in Nigeria as interventions,” adding that a lot need to be done in the health sector, particularly in the hospitals to ensure adequate preparation for future emergencies.
On his part, Adams Salusu, a journalist covering the legislature, the NASS did not perform well enough and should up their game in providing oversight functions in the health sector.