One of the promises of the Federal House of Representatives (FHoR) is to strengthen Nigeria's agriculture sector and improve food value chain but the promise has been withdrawn.
Promise: Amendment of the National Orientation Agency (NOA) Act to include campaigns for national consciousness and patriotism and re-work the National Orientation Bill to ensure the more effective building of team spirit above ethnic and religious groups.
Whatever the issues, strikes cannot continue to be a perennial exercise. Strikes cannot be the tool we use at all times, but only when things finally break down. On the other hand, the government should also not go into agreements it cannot honor.
Promise: Strengthened fight against corruption by enhancing preventive mechanisms to block leakages, deterrence, and enshrine probity in public fund management
Promise: Passage of NABRO Bill: Ensure passage and assent to the NABRO Bill to provide access to quality, timely, independent, non-biased analytical budget data for members to make informed decisions.
Promise: Through effective oversight, ensure that relief materials reach IDPs and other vulnerable groups.
Promise: Ensure passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) to improve efficiency, reduce wastage and limit corruption in the petroleum sector
Promise: Initiate a review of the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) Act to attract more funding for large-scale public works in the face of dwindling revenue as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak.
Promise: Create Agriculture Emergency Fund: Support the creation of the ‘Agriculture Emergency Fund’ to focus on ensuring the sustainability of the agricultural value chain, especially during a crisis
Promise: Ensure the enactment of legislation and appropriations of funds in the 2021 and 2022 Budgets to fund the implementation of community policing, civil-military relations and crime prevention.
Promise: To domesticate the Paris Climate Agreement, an international agreement adopted by 196 countries in Paris to combat the climate change crisis.
Promise: To ensure at least a 5% increase in the funding for health allocation in the 2021 budget towards addressing critical infrastructure gaps; shortage of drugs, equipment, and consumables, strengthening research capability in health institutions; and address human resource challenges in the health sector especially in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Promise: Provide funding in the 2021 and 2022 Budget for recruitment and training of new security operatives with higher educational levels to strengthen the security sector workforce and position it for effective performance.
Promise: Initiate amendment of the Fiscal Responsibility Act (FRA), 2007, to require revenue-generating agencies (MDAs) to deposit at least 80% of their revenue into the Consolidated Revenue Funds (CRF) instead of their operating surplus which they arbitrarily determine.
Promise: Amend the Ecological Fund Act to allow for effective oversight by the House to ensure efficient and accountable use of the Fund.
Promise: Review the UBEC, TETFUND and NABTEB establishment Acts to build-in incentives and mechanisms to promote entrepreneurial skills, vocational technical education, STEM, and adult education.
Promise: Oversight of Security Sector Budget: Ensure effective oversight of security sector budget so as to restore integrity, reduce leakages and promote accountability.
Promise: Amend the NHA Act to increase access and affordability of healthcare in the country while providing a wider range of insurance options to meet the unique needs of the citizen.