- The federal government is concerned about the hike in goods and services across the country-
The government has asked traders, transporters and others not to hike their prices to the COVID-19 pandemic
- The National Union of Road Transport Workers were also asked to ensure their members comply with the directive
The federal government has asked traders, transporters and other people who provide services to members of the public not to hike their prices due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This was stated by the minister of information, culture and tourism, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.
Mohammed made the comments at the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja on Thursday, May 21.
The minister asked the National Union of Road Transport Workers to ensure that transportation fares were not hiked.
“This is a time people are giving back to society. We call on our compatriots not to take the opportunity to oppress the people,” he urged.
A day earlier, Alhaji Mohammed performed the virtual inauguration of the Post-COVID-19 initiative's committee for the creative industry.
“The committee's membership, as announced two weeks ago, has now been expanded to include as many sectors as possible. This is to ensure fair representation,” the minister said.
Alhaji Mohammed described the creative industry as a very critical sector of the nation's economy and a major plank of the economic diversification policy of the Buhari administration.
He said that in view of the devastating impact of Covid-19 on the industry, it has become imperative to have a collective and government-supported approach in dealing with the immediate, short and long term economic stimulus and initiatives for the industry.
While commending members of the committee for their sacrifice and love of country, he urged them to do justice to the assignment.
Meanwhile, members of the National Economic Council (NEC) rose from their first virtual meeting on Thursday, May 21 with a resolution to ensure a more effective synergy between the federal government and the state governments especially in matters related to the fallouts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The council is specifically focusing on how to effectively and efficiently reopen the Nigerian economy after the lockdowns and shutdowns across the country.
Chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, the council members include all the 36 state governors, the FCT minister, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor and other top officials of the federal government.
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