- Former minister of finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has sent a message to the Nigerian government over COVID-19
- Okonjo-Iweala in a post urged the government to emulate how food items are being distributed in Rwanda in a social distancing manner
- According to her, this would also help the government in reaching out to the citizens during COVID-19 era
Nigeria's former minister of finance and coordinating minister of economy, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has urged the governments at all levels to emulate Rwanda's example in the food distribution with social distancing to assist lower-income households as the effect of coronavirus lockdown bites harder.
Legit.ng reports that the former minister made the plea in a Facebook post on Wednesday, April 8, adding that community workers distribute food and other necessities door-to-door in Rwanda during the COVID-19 era.
She wrote: "Responsible food distribution with social distancing to assist lower-income households in the #COVID19 era! A great example from #Rwanda where community workers also distribute food and other necessities door-to-door."
See her post below:
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the leadership of the National Assembly tackled the federal government over the disbursement of the Social Investment Programme (SIP) funds during the coronavirus lockdown.
It was reported that while speaking with Sadiya Umar Farouq, minister of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development, in Abuja on Tuesday, April 7, The NASS leaders, Femi Gbajabiamila of House of Representatives and Senate president bemoaned how the money is being disbursed.
They argued that those who ought to be beneficiaries are partly left out because of the ministry's current arrangement.
The NASS leaders called for efficiency and effectiveness in the arrangement and submitted that there must be a review of the way the SIP programme is being handled under the current lockdown.
In another report, the federal government declined to confirm whether it will extend the 14 days restriction of movement imposed in Lagos, Ogun, and Abuja to check the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
Boss Mustapha, secretary to the government of the federation, who also chairs the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, said his panel would assess the situation and give the president the advice that will enable him to take the decision on whether to extend the restriction or terminate it.
Mustapha said the review of what happened within the 14 days would help the president decide if the lockdown should be extended or not.
He assured Nigerians that whatever decision the president takes would be in the best interest of the country.
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