COVID-19: NILDS sets up a technical committee to develop legislative, policy proposals

April 27, 2020
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The Director-General of the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS), Prof. Abubakar Sulaiman has set up a technical committee of experts on COVID-19 to develop legislative and policy proposals for consideration of the National Assembly.

Prof. Sulaiman in a statement issued in Abuja explained that the Committee which comprises of economists, political scientists and medical experts, will also produce a legislative framework for consideration by the National Assembly upon resumption.

The Clerk of the House of Representatives, Mr Patrick Giwa had on Sunday issued a memo for the resumption of plenary on Tuesday, 28th April 2020 by 10 am.

“As many countries around the world draw up plans for lifting the coronavirus lockdown and restrictions as well as strategies for re-starting their economies, it is equally imperative for the Nigerian government to develop a robust exit strategy that outlines steps to re-open the economy and health measures to protect against the resurgence of COVID-19.

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“The Committee, which includes economists, political scientists and medical experts, will also produce a legislative framework for consideration by the National Assembly upon resumption,” he said.

In a related development, Prof. Sulaiman has commissioned a study to, among others, examine the relationship between pandemics and political economy and highlight short and long-term measures to avert this and future crises.

“The coronavirus crisis has raised important questions on how the worsening economic crisis is intertwined with pandemics.

“It has also exposed the daunting deficiencies of public health systems and threats to industries, supply chains and stock markets.

“Contributors to this study will include experts, practitioners, policymakers and academics from all sectors.

“Findings from the study will be presented to the leadership of the National Assembly in August 2020,” he assured.

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