President Buhari, NASS Leaders Hold Crucial Meeting over Security, COVID-19 Vaccine

President Buhari, NASS Leaders Hold Crucial Meeting over Security, COVID-19 Vaccine

- President Buhari held a closed-door meeting with the leaders of the National Assembly

- This development was confirmed in a tweet by Bashir Ahmad, the president's personal assistant on new media

- Talks between the Nigerian leader and NASS leaders were centred on issues of national concern

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The leadership of the National Assembly on Monday, March 29, met with President Muhammadu Buhari behind closed doors at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, The Punch reports.

Bashir Ahmad, a personal assistant on new media to the president, also confirmed the meeting in a tweet via his verified Twitter handle, @BashirAhmaad.

According to the report, Buhari met with Senate president Ahmad Lawan and the speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, on the issue of supplementary budget to cater for security and vaccine production.

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President Buhari, NASS leaders hold crucial meeting over security, budget
President Buhari meeting with the president of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan, and the speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila. Photo credit: @BashirAhmaad
Source: Twitter

The Senate president speaking with State House correspondents said that the meeting was based on discussions of serious national concern.

Lawan went on to claim that the security situation in the country was gradually improving, adding that there are no more grave issues than COVID-19.

In another report by ThisDay, the NASS leaders gave an assurance that it would expedite action on the supplementary budget for the purchase of security equipment and COVID-19 vaccine.

The president of the Nigerian Senate maintained that the upper legislative chamber would not hesitate to approve the 2021 supplementary budget once it is sent to the Assembly.

He stressed that federal lawmakers in approving the budget would want to know how the funds would be expended.

The meeting took place before the presidency announced that President Buhari will proceed to London, the United Kingdom, on Tuesday, March 30, for a routine medical check-up.

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This was made known by his spokesman, Femi Adesina via a short statement posted on his Facebook page.

The statement noted that Buhari is due back in the country during the second week of April 2021.

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Meanwhile, stakeholders especially doctors and medical practitioners raised concerns over the current deviation from what they described as the original COVID-19 vaccination plan designed after the arrival of the about 4 million Astrazeneca vaccine into Nigeria.

The stakeholders made their concerns known during a webinar organised by Yiaga Africa and monitored by Legit.ng.

The organisers say the meeting was geared towards looking at emerging issues and challenges in the cause of vaccine distribution and to proffer solutions.

Source: Legit

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