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Much has been said about the primary role of the legislature in steering the governance framework in a way that benefits citizens. The federal and state legislatures pass annual budgets, make laws, represent their constituents, give consent to high-level appointments and provide oversight functions over the executive arm to ensure the delivery of projects whose monies have been approved. It then places a huge responsibility on legislators as active policy formulators and for delivering the dividends of governance to citizens.
ERGP22207973 for the supply of sports equipment and sports kits
48.9 million seems to be outside the ministry’s mandate. Also, one wonders why there is a consultancy on renewed hope poverty management strategy (ERGP22208295) of N6.2 million budgeted when the National Social Protection Policy (NSSP) should already cover this. While it is not clear what the N10 billion budgeted as intervention fund (ERGP22213023) is meant to do, there also seems to be a duplication for the construction (ERGP22208183) and creation (ERGP22208209) of humanitarian hubs in the ministry’s budget.
accounts for a 30 per cent contribution to the MPI.
For instance, a food bank system per senatorial district, a soup kitchen per constituency and an effective national clean cooking initiative in collaboration with members of the National Assembly to improve nutrition and reduce hunger among the most vulnerable, can be developed. Issuing food vouchers to household members outside the basic education bracket (16 years to 20 years) on an improved National Social Register (NSR) and food bank vouchers to household members (21 years and above) on the NSR can be looked into, provided the NSR is
integrated into a robust national identity database and a harmonised tax system
. It is also where the botched national census comes in handy because it is difficult to plan adequately for what is not quantifiable.
Putting citizens at the centre of governance should not be to win elections, and in oiling the wheels of transparency and accountability within the governance system, the legislature has a crucial role that it must play efficiently.
As a matter of national importance, the widening prevalent inequalities, especially in access to quality healthcare, education, water, sanitation and hygiene, food and nutrition and economic opportunities, must be taken head-on.
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