- The presidency has released fourteen measures the president is taking and will continue to take after coronavirus ends
- This was disclosed in a statement by Femi Adesina, the special adviser to the president on media and publicity
- One of the measures listed is economic teams to be put in place and headed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the Ministry of Finance
The presidency has released a list of measures President Muhammadu Buhari has taken, and will further take, to make life abundant for Nigerians after coronavirus ends.
This was contained in a statement released by the special adviser to the president on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, on Thursday, May 14.
Legit.ng gathered that economic teams to be headed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the Ministry of Finance have been put in place by the president to define Nigeria’s economy post-COVID-19.
Below is a checklist of the measures as released by the presidency:
1. An economic team, headed by the minister of finance, budget, and national planning has been set up to examine the impact of COVID-19 on the economy.
2. Economic Sustainability Committee headed by the vice president to define a post-COVID-19 economy for Nigeria.
3. Taskforce set up on the free movement of farm produce headed by the minister of agriculture and rural development.
4. Plans afoot to tackle weak health systems and infrastructure through the establishment of standard laboratories, intensive care units, and isolation centres in all states of the Federation. The health infrastructure will eventually be recalibrated for the good of the people, and in readiness for future emergencies.
5. As long term measures, emphasis will be placed on integrating local content in proven researches in the cure, and production of materials in the health sector.
6. A Fiscal Sustainability Plan to complement the suite of monetary and banking interventions recently announced by the Central Bank of Nigeria.
7. A mass agricultural programme to be put in place.
8. Major rural road construction programme.
9. Mass housing programme.
10. Large scale installation of residential solar systems, utilizing mainly local materials.
11. Expansion of the Social Investment Programme.
12. The 2020-2022 Medium Term Expenditure Framework and the Budget 2020 assumptions and targets have already been revised.
13. Time-sensitive expenditures are to be prioritized over less critical spending.
14. Extant financial controls are to be strengthened to detect, eliminate, and sanction instances of waste, funds misappropriation, and corruption.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that with increasing figures of people who tested positive to the COVID-19, federal government has said that Nigeria is approaching a difficult era in response to the novel coronavirus disease outbreak.
The minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, gave the explanation at the Presidential Task Force (PTF) daily briefing on COVID-19 on Friday in Abuja.
Ehanire, however, said that this could still be influenced by strict adherence to safety, prevention that have been repeatedly given at the daily briefing of the PTF on COVID-19.
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