- Buhari will travel to Mali on Thursday
- The president is on a peace mission to the country
- Mali is currently in crises and some African leaders are looking for ways to find political solutions
President Muhammadu Buhari will on Thursday, July 22, depart for Bamako, Republic of Mali on a one-day visit.
This followed the briefing by the ECOWAS special envoy to the country, former president Goodluck Jonathan.
Femi Adesina, the president’s special adviser on Media and Publicity, confirmed this in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday.
”The Nigerian President and some ECOWAS leaders led by the Chairman of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of the sub-regional organisation, President Issoufou Mahamadou of Niger Republic, agreed to meet in Mali to engage in further consultations towards finding a political solution to the crisis in the country.
”Host President, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and Presidents Machy Sall of Senegal, Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana and Alassane Ouattara of Cote d’Ivoire are expected to participate in the Bamako meeting,” Adesina stated.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the federal government through the minister of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, has declared that beneficiaries of the N-Power programme have been disengaged from June.
Disengaging thousands of youths at this critical period is quite baffling, given the fact that many of them will be condemned to a life of hardship since most will not be able to secure any job at all as a result of the raging coronavirus pandemic.
Though, the government has not announced if there would be exit packages for the 'new jobless' young Nigerians but it is necessary that the government set aside a substantial sum of money to assist beneficiaries who can boast of clear business plans if it insists on sacking them.
With this, I recommend that the government should give a minimum of N200,000 as an exit package for all of them and a minimum of N1 million loan for those with viable business plans. The money should be collateral and interest-free and open to all of them without bias.
It should be noted that most of these youths are being held back from starting one business or the other because of capital. The government can do the right thing now by giving them the money needed.
I also want to encourage the FG to trash the idea that beneficiaries should have started a viable business with their monthly N30,000 stipends. It is not as easy as that. Transport, feeding, calls, health etc are not free. In fact, some of these beneficiaries are the ones taking care of their families. And most of those who claimed to have started one business or the other with the stipends have some additional support they refused to disclose.