COVID-19: FG to reach 11m Nigerians with reliefs

COVID-19: FG to reach 11m Nigerians with reliefs

- Things in Nigeria are quite tense, especially at this time when many citizens of the country are adhering to the stay-at-home order by President Muhammadu Buhari

- However, the federal government has said that it will reach out to a number of persons with some reliefs so as to cope with the time

- The government on Tuesday, March 31, promised to help at least 11 million vulnerable persons across the country with palliatives

The federal government has said that it will reach out to at least 11 million Nigerians with reliefs to cushion the discomforting effect of measures set in place to tackle the spread of coronavirus in the country.

The proposed move by the government was revealed on Tuesday, March 31, by Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouk, the minister of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development, The Nation reports.

Sadiya, speaking at a press briefing in Abuja, revealed that the federal government has a list of vulnerable persons who will be beneficiaries in the country and that such category of citizens belongs to about 2.6 million households.

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Meanwhile, reported that a group, Nigerians in Ireland (NIIRE) had called on President Buhari to lockdown the country while there were still fewer cases of the dreaded coronavirus.

The group, in a statement signed by its coordinator, Dr Oluseyi Aba, also urged the federal and state governments to ensure that Nigerians get paid some stipend to enable them to cope with whatever economic consequences the total lockdown may create for them while it lasted.

Noting that a complete lockdown of the country will help curtail the spread of the virus, NIIRE stressed that government at all levels must provide some economic relief for Nigerians.

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The group further advised the government to either use voters registration database for the distribution of the stipend or use the data provided by the National Identity Management Commission(NIMC).

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"Nigeria should ration the money in the system. A state of emergency should be declared, salaries stopped monies redistributed to reach all Nigerian voters," a part of the statement noted.

The group admonished Nigerians to practise social distancing, take all necessary hygiene tips and follow the directives of the government even as government battles to contain the virus. ( -> Same great journalism, upgraded for better service!

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