Speakers urge more research to curb pandemics
Conference of Speakers of State Legislature of Nigeria has identified research as an effective response to pandemics.
The Chairman, Abubakar Suleiman, said this at the presentation of research work on ‘Legislative Efforts and Responses During the COVID-19 Pandemic’ organised by Young Parliamentarians Forum of the National Assembly in the House of Representatives Conference Hall, Abuja.
Suleiman commended the forum for the research and its public presentation, adding that he cherished research in all human endeavours because of its contribution to solving humanity’s problems.
He said: “This research will definitely help the stakeholders and policymakers, especially we in the legislative arm, in providing evident-based facts about COVID-19 and provide a roadmap for us to make laws to curb the disease and mitigate the hardship it causes.
“Whenever our decisions, activities, and legislative businesses are research-based, errors will be eliminated, holistic approaches to solving problems designed and positive results always come.”
He asserted that the legislative arm at the state and national levels did well in response to the pandemic since its emergence last year.
According to him, Houses of Assembly across the country responded to the disease swiftly by directing all members and staff to get tested and ensuring strict compliance with Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC)’s safety protocols in all their activities.
Suleiman further explained: “I believe that without these measures taken by the legislative arm, the feat this country so far achieved in fighting the pandemic wouldn’t have been realistic.
“We can still do more, and this research work will be a guiding document for us, so that we can plan how to put more efforts in ending this disease and of course it will help us in designing a framework to prepare and respond to any pandemic that may come in the future.”
He assured the forum that the conference of speakers would study the research with a view to implementing its recommendations.
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