- Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said the COVID-19 pandemic caused economic hardship in the Nigeria
- Osinbajo made the statement during his presentation at a retreat organised for government officials
- The vice president said there was need for government policies to be implemented quickly
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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said the COVID-19 pandemic has deepened the economic hardship and the poverty situation in Nigeria.
Osinbajo made the statement on Tuesday, September 8, during his presentation at a retreat organised for ministers, permanent secretaries and top government functionaries.
The vice president told his listeners that there was a need to speedily implement the N2.3 trillion stimulus package approved by the federal government, Daily Trust reported.
According to him, the implementation of the stimulus package will mitigate the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy.
He said it was important for government policies to be implemented quickly and effectively due to the economic challenges brought by the pandemic.
“We've got to ensure that we have the money and ensure that day by day, we are measuring our achievements and trying to ensure that we do the things that we need to do,” Osinbajo said.
The vice president stated the economic fortunes of Nigeria will be able to turn around if those in government are able to implement policies effectively.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian presidency has tasked President Muhammadu Buhari’s aides and ministers to deliver on promises made to Nigerians on the nine priority areas.
Boss Mustapha, the secretary to the government of the federation made this call while speaking in Abuja on Monday, September 7, during the ministerial performance Review retreat organised for ministers by the presidency.
The retreat, Legit.ng gathered, was designed to prepare and sensitise cabinet members on the status of policies, programmes and projects of government and the road map towards the delivery of its priorities and “Next Level Agenda” for 2019 to 2023.
In related news, President Buhari said Nigeria’s revenues and foreign exchange earnings have fallen by almost 60% since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Nigerian leader disclosed this in his remarks on Monday, September 7, at the first-year ministerial performance review retreat which was delivered by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the state house in Abuja, Channels TV reported.
According to Buhari, the pandemic has resulted in trying times for the government not just for the people.
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