The House of Representatives has said it is considering a stimulus bill that will ensure that Nigerians get free electricity supply for two months to mitigate the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila stated this on Saturday, adding that the proposed bill would help in boosting the economy, especially the informal sector, as the country prepares for economic rebound after the coronavirus.
The Speaker said the second “Stimulus Bill” would be considered immediately the House reconvened from its ongoing break, which was declared due to the pandemic.
According to a release on Saturday, the House initially slated its resumption for April 7, but would be extended by one week in compliance with Federal Government’s two-week stay-at-home order to curb COVID-19 spread.
Gbajabiamila spoke at the National Assembly on Saturday during a meeting between the National Assembly leadership and the Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmad; the Director-General of the Budget Office of the Federation, Ben Akabueze; among others.
Gbajabiamila said the country could not afford to be unprepared for the effects of COVID-19 on its economy.