The former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar on his Facebook page today, advised the Nigerian government to assist the citizens with N10,000 each as a way to alleviate their sufferings which in turn would make them stay at home and help curb the spread of the pandemic Coronavirus.
As the Coronavirus pandemic ravages the world, I applaud the various Nigerian state governments who have pro actively taken measures, such as issuing stay at home orders, and shutting down non essential markets and other places of mass gatherings, while also giving guidelines for social distancing.
However, we must accept the fact that much of the Nigerian public have a subsistence existence. A large percentage of our people do not have the financial capacity to withstand long periods of self isolation and even lockdown. It is, therefore, incumbent on the Federal and the state governments to provide palliatives to the Nigerian people to enable them to survive, even as they abide by these necessary measures put in place for their safety.
At an approximate 30 million households or Assembly to reconvene in an emergency session, perhaps by teleconference (in line with the demands of social distancing), to legislate a Stimulus Package Act that will cater for all Nigerian citizens.
To this end, Priam Group pledges N50 million on my behalf as my humble contribution to a relief Fund that will form part of the stimulus package.
In addendum to that, he also calls on telecommunication companies to avoid least recharge the lines of individuals who probably cannot afford call card with N1500 call credits so as to enable them get across health cares if need be.
Atiku Abubakar in his note also calls on the mobile telephone companies to develop a mobile transfer banking phones so the government could reach the unbanked with financial assistance.
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