- The coronavirus is raging in the world and affecting economies
- Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar wants the federal government to take decisive steps urgently
- Atiku says there must be measures to protect the economic well being of the nation and Nigerians
Former Vice President Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has advised the federal government to immediately put in place measures to protect the economic well being of Nigeria and its people as coronavirus ravages the world.
Atiku, in a statement released to the media on Tuesday, March 17, stated that deliberate steps should be taken to ease the cost of doing business in Nigeria and reduce the cost of living.
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He recommended that policies like the stamp duty on all types of accounts be temporarily suspended.
Atiku also recommended the reduction of petrol to reflect the current prevailing market costs.
In addition, he urged the government to request large scale industrialists and employers of labour not to disengage workers.
Atiku had earlier advised the government to use the power at its disposal to ensure the lives of Nigerians are protected against the deadly coronavirus.
He also advised the federal government to restrict flights from nations with a high prevalence of the coronavirus plague.
Meanwhile, as part of its plans to ensure Nigeria contains the spread of coronavirus, the federal government has banned all travels outside the country by officials of ministries, departments, and agencies until further notice.
The move was announced by the secretary to the government of the federation, Boss Mustapha at the end of the inaugural meeting of the presidential task force for the control of the viral disease.
The presidential task force also advised Nigerians to cancel all travels abroad especially to all high-risk countries.
Last week, the government issued a directive to airlines operating international and regional flights in the country to commence the implementation of the use of yellow card as a requirement for travel.
A letter from the office of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) boss to this effect was distributed to the affected airlines.
The letter which was signed by the general manager, aeromedical standards, Dr Wilfred Haggai as the NCAA was said to be acting on a directive by the federal ministry of health as part of measures to control the spread of coronavirus.
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