The House of Representatives today resumed plenary after the long break occasioned by the Coronavirus pandemic. During the plenary, member representing Etinan/Nsit Ibom/Nsit Ubium Federal Constituency, Mr. Onofiok Luke called on the Federal Government to grant incentives to local manufacturers to produce Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) during this period that the world has been plagued by COVID-19.
Mr. Luke said at a time like this, nations that are Producing PPE are struggling to meet local demands and may not be able to supply other countries. This situation the Lawmaker believes can be arrested by the government encouraging local textile manufacturers to go into the production of PPE.
He urged that granting tax rebates to local manufacturers will increase their capacity to produce PPE to be shared with medical professionals in the country.
Mr. Luke commended President Muhammadu Buhari’s effort and the different state governors in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. He said that the broadcast of the President to the nation yesterday inspired hope for the nation. He equally commended the President Task Force headed by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustafa, the Director-General of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, and his team and the health workers that have been in the forefront of the fight against the pandemic.
Equally the Lawmaker showered encomiums on the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila who he said his opening remark during the day’s plenary gave hope to the nation.