COVID-19: House Of Representatives Can Pass Stimulus Bill In One Day – Wole Oke

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File: Hon. Oluwole Oke, member of the House of Representatives, Oriade/Obokun Federal Constituency of Osun State

 

The Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Public Accounts, Mr. Oluwole Oke, has said the lawmakers can pass the Stimulus Bill in one day. 

Mr. Oluwole Oke said this on Monday as he appeared on Channels TV’s Sunrise Daily, adding that the House can set aside its rules to pass the bill.

According to him, the National Assembly has the powers to regulate its activities and discharge their duties to the nation.

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“Section 62 of the constitution has given the NASS powers to regulate its activities,” Mr. Oluwole said.

“From experience, and practices and conventions, both senate and the house  have the powers to set amend their rules, in fact to set aside their rules to discharge a duty that they owe the nation.”

According to him, “There are provisions in our rules to set aside our rules in order to take a bill the same day and pass and commit it to the committee of the whole and pass such bill into law the same day.”

On why the House of Representatives is considering the bill, the member representing Obokun/Oriade of Osun State, said Nigerians need basic amenities to survive as the lockdown over the coronavirus outbreak continues.

The lawmaker said: “The second bill we are looking at has to do with power and electric bills and water bills as well.

“You if you are asking Nigerians to stay at home, they are not working, you can’t put them in darkness; they also need water to survive. That informed the decision of the parliament to also sponsor and pass the second Stimulus Bill.”

Furthermore, he said the House has passed the first Stimulus Bill but waiting for the concurrence of the Senate and President Muhammadu Buhari’s assent.

“We are in a dynamic society and the House, proactively under the leadership of Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila, passed the first stimulus bill,” he noted.

“We are waiting concurrence of the Senate vis-à-vis the assent of Mr President as required by constitution.”

He explained that the first Stimulus Bill had the input of experts, assuring that the House of Representatives will do the needful even, as the lockdown continues, to pass the bill.

Bill Considering Free Electricity 

Over the weekend, the Speaker of the House of Representative, Femi Gbajabiamila, had hinted that the lawmakers will consider a fresh Stimulus Bill that will ensure that Nigerians get free electricity supply for two months to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Speaker said the proposed bill is to help in boosting the economy through the informal sector as the country prepares for the aftermath of the coronavirus.

The proposed bill, which will be the second Stimulus Bill by the Green Chamber, is to be considered immediately the House reconvenes from its ongoing break, declared due to the pandemic.

Medical Experts Urge FG To Increase Allocation To Health Sector

A health official checks the blood pressure of a beneficiary of a free medical outreach in Obokun/Oriade Federal Constituency

 

Some Medical Experts and residents Of Obokun/Oriade Federal Constituency in Osun State have called on the Federal Government to focus more on the state of the health sector in Nigeria.

They made the call at the start of a free medical outreach in Obokun Local Government Area of the state. The outreach was organised by the lawmaker representing the constituency in the House of Representatives, Oluwole Oke.

The free medical outreach is intended to cater for basic health issues such as malaria, with medical experts also checking participants for their blood pressure and ailments such as diabetes. Major cases are referred to teaching hospitals.

The National Coordinator of the Health for all Fair, Dr Alubankudi Olamide, said the need to meet the health challenges of the people bearing in mind the present economic crunch in the nation gave birth to the free medical treatment.

According to her, it is saddening that most public health hospitals are not well equipped to attend to the needs of the citizens even as she called on the federal and state governments to devote a large of the allocation to the health sector.

Residents wait to be examined during the outreach

The National Vice coordinator of the programme, Dr Olusegun Daramola, advised the residents to carryout periodic checks at primary health care centres to know their status in order to get help for any health challenge that might be diagnosed of early.

He called on the wealthy in the society to emulate the lawmaker and see free health care for the less privileged as a way of giving back to the society.
Some of the beneficiaries said the free medical outreach is an eyeopener that early detection of any ailment saves lives.

The programme is expected to last for a week to allow for many indigenes benefit from it.

Oke Declares Intention To Run For Osun Governorship Election

A member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Oluwole Oke today declared his ambition to run for the office of governor in Osun state.

He made the declaration while addressing members of the party at a rally in Osogbo, the state capital shortly after submitting his declaration form to the party leadership signifying his ambition to run as the Party’s flag bearer in the August 9 election.

The former lawmaker had in December 2013, obtained the expression of interest form to contest for the PDP ticket in Osogbo.

He said he is committed to pursuing his ambition to contest the 2014 governorship election with the incumbent governor and expressed hope that he will defeat Governor Rauf Aregbesola.

“It is not going to be easy to battle an incumbent governor. But I would dislodge Aregbesola’s government next year by the grace of God,” he said after picking the form.

Responding, the chairman of PDP in Osun State, Mr Ganiyu Ola-Oluwa assured that the party will not impose aspirants and promised that the candidate of the party will emerge through primary election.

The PDP chairman admonished aspirants to work with party delegates who will vote for the candidate of the party at the primary election and advised him not to forget his promises for the party and people of the state if elected as governor.