By Emmanuel Ajibulu
A member of the House of Representatives representing Ondo East/West Federal Constituency, Hon Joseph Akinlaja, is leaving no stone unturned to pursue the success of a bill for an act to establish the National Social Welfare Board of Nigeria for the purpose of planning, implementing and overseeing the national social security and welfare scheme and for other connected purposes.
Akinlaja, who doubles as Deputy National Chairman of Labour Party claimed that the prevalent of social and economic difficulties faced by the aged, physically-challenged and indigent citizens in Nigeria, informed the conceptualization of this bill.
“The bill is seeking for the establishment of a National Social Welfare Board of Nigeria, aimed at providing a veritable platform, through which federal government will make conscious and concrete efforts at ameliorating the suffering of this special group of citizens,” Akinlaja explained.
He explained that the bill is not in conflict with existing Acts (such as the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund Act), but complement them, with specific emphasis on the ‘’helpless and voiceless’’ in the society.
“The National Social Welfare Board of Nigeria (in this act referred to as the Board) shall be a body corporate with perpetual succession and a common seal and may sue and be sued in its corporate name,” lawmakers said.
“The board’s headquarter shall be situated in the Federal Capital Territory and it may establish offices in all the states of the federation. The governing council shall consist of a chairman, a representative of each of the Federal Ministry of Finance, Labour/Productivity, Women & Social Development, Education, Youth Development, Civil Society Organizations, a representative of Labour organizations, and a youth of not more than 30 years.”