- Many Nigerians will become according to President Buhari
- The president disclosed this while speaking at a UN meeting
- The president, however, said that his administration is doing everything to reverse the trend
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As the world continues to battle the dreaded coronavirus, President Muhammadu Buhari has disclosed that the number of poor people in the country will triple.
According to the president, this will come as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The president disclosed this in a statement by Femi Adesina, presidential spokesman, on Wednesday, July 1, The Cable reports.
Adesina said Buhari disclosed this in a recorded video message to a virtual high-level United Nations meeting.
Buhari who spoke on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, was quoted to have said:
“All the while, they struggle with the most basic needs like nutrition, shelter, health, education and access to clean water and sanitation,” Buhari was quoted to have said.
“In this condition, the number of poor people is estimated to triple as livelihoods across almost all economic sectors have been adversely affected.”
He added that the prospect of the population sliding further into extreme poverty was real but gave the assurance that his government is also striving to reverse the trend.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the hope of lifting the ban on the higher institutions in Nigeria has been dampened as the federal government insisted that there is no arrangement for such development.
Briefing pressmen on Tuesday, June 30, Sani Aliyu, the coordinator of the presidential task force on Covid-19, made this known as Nigeria begins another phase in relaxation of lockdown.
Aliyu's position came on the heels of the decision of the federal government announcing "a safe reopening" of schools for the graduating classes nationwide.
The PTF coordinator said the government cannot afford to sabotage its efforts by reopening the tertiary institution.
He added that all measures recommended and approved by President Muhammadu Buhari were geared towards flattening the curve of Covid-19 crisis.
Aliyu, however, assured that the federal government will take "pragmatic measures" in ensuring that the education sector does not lose a whole year because of Covid-19 pandemic.
“Summarily, there is no plan to reopen tertiary institutions until we get to the top of the numbers and also see clearly that we are making significant progress in terms of flattening the curve," Aliyu said on a radio programme.
"However, we have taken pragmatic measures to ensure we do not lose a whole year in terms of primary to secondary school transition, hence the president’s approval for schools to reopen so that exiting students could return to school and write their examinations some of which are regional."
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