- There are fears that the coronavirus might affect government earnings in Nigeria
- Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has warned that Nigeria should brace up for the multiplier effects of the viral disease
- Nigeria's earning is already been threatened by the outbreak of coronavirus globally
Delta state governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has asked Nigerians to brace up for the multiplier effects of the disease that could affect their socio-economic lives.
The governor, a trained medical doctor, made the call at a quarterly session with the media in Asaba on Thursday, March 12.
He said the virus had made the price of oil in the international market to tumble and had also caused many industries to stop production.
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Governor Okowa warned that unless urgent steps were taken to check the effects of the viral disease, many states in the country may not be able to pay salaries of workers.
His words: “Now that we have mass production of oil which constitutes our economy, mostly due to the fact that our oil is not being sold and oil prices have also gone down, it is obvious that each and every one of us, our states and the nation will have challenges even with execution of budgets for the year.
“So, there is no doubt that our budget is likely going to be threatened and we know that any part of the threat affects more of the infrastructural development which our people desperately yearn for.’’
The Nigerian government had earlier given a hint of what it is to come as a result of the outbreak of the coronavirus.
Globally, governments are reporting financial downtime as the world battles with the viral disease.
Oil prices have also been affected by the global pandemic. Stock markets have also experienced economic shocks due to the issue.
Meanwhile, the Delta government has urged political appointees and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) officials to eschew acts capable of distracting governance in the state.
Specifically, the government cautioned politicians to be mindful of their attitudes in consultations and issues relating to 2023 general elections.
A statement by the senior political adviser to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, Chief Funkekeme Solomon, on Monday, February 24, stated that such actions were not just premature, but capable of undermining the administration's resolve of bequeathing a lasting legacy to Deltans.
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