The Senator representing Kwara Central in the 9th National Assembly, Dr. Ibrahim Yahaya Oloriegbe, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his efforts of opening job opportunities for Nigerians, particularly the youth.
He also commended the President for working assiduously towards ending insecurity in the Country.
“The current administration since 2015, inherited a terrible security situation where some local governments in the country were under the control of the Boko Haram insurgents. But now, there is no Nigerian territory under Boko Haram control as was hitherto the case,” he said.
Speaking at the ‘News Keg’ programme of the Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Kwara state Council, in Ilorin, the state capital, Senator Oloriegbe attributed the worsening security situation in the country to idleness caused by unemployment, noting that there was a nexus between drug abuse and unemployment.
“Even the world’s super power country; the United States, has not been able to defeat the Taliban in Afghanistan for years now. President Buhari should be commended for doing the needful to address the issue of insecurity in Nigeria. The President needs the support of all and sundry to arrest the ugly situation,” he said.
He lamented that youth unemployment has become so worrisome due to fading opportunities as he admonished the three tiers of government to urgently address the situation, which he described as a time bomb.
The Senator, who is the Chairman, Senate Committee on Health, said COVID-19 pandemic emerged with a bang ravaging the entire globe, adding that as it is, it is a virus we have to live with and people should strive to keep safe by strictly adhering to all the safety protocols rolled out by government and the medical team.
Senator Oloriegbe, a medical doctor, also submitted that disruptions caused by the COVID‐19 pandemic has immensely impacted global economies, with a multiplier effect felt by all; it might have also resulted in some good things, believing that the pandemic has created ample opportunities to improve the country’s health infrastructure.
“In the revised 2020 budget, isolation centres, emergency centres and infectious disease centres will be built in each of the 36 states.
“Every federal institution will also have testing facility while funds have been made available to relevant agencies for research and to come up with Coronavirus cure and vaccines for other diseases,” he stated.
Acknowledging that the legislature was an important institution that makes a democratic system function properly, the Senator implored the media to help educate the populace on the roles of the legislature, which, he said, includes oversight and representation, noting that poor understanding of the functions and roles of legislature may lead to friction between the legislators and their constituents.
Senator Oloriegbe explained that the intra-party conflict in the Kwara state APC has ended as members have overcome the crisis, “but you know it was unavoidable, we came into power through a revolution and a movement. You know it was an individual that was controlling everyone before we came into the picture”.
“We have overcome the crisis we do not have any option than to come together because of our people; the Kwarans,” he said.
On legislation, Senator Oloriegbe said he has sponsored six Bills, Eleven Motions and Personal Explanations, co-sponsored fifteen motions as well as contributing to debates on more than ten other motions and bills on the floor of the senate.
Source: Voice of Nigeria