COVID-19: We've started distribution of N10.9b worth of palliatives to Nigerians, says Buhari

COVID-19: We've started distribution of N10.9b worth of palliatives to Nigerians, says Buhari

- The federal government has begun the distribution of COVID-19 palliatives to Nigerians

- President Muhammadu Buhari revealed this on Tuesday, September 22

- The president disclosed that the government has disbursed the sum of N10.9 billion for that purpose

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Nigerians can now breathe a sigh of relief amid petrol price and electricity tariff hike as the federal government has commenced the distribution of funds as COVID-19 palliatives.

This was confirmed by President Muhammadu Buhari during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) convened virtually, Channels TV reports.

President Buhari, during his speech, disclosed that the government has disbursed palliatives worth N10.9 billion to both households and businesses in the country to help Nigerians cope with the devasting effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

COVID-19: We've started distribution of N10.9b worth of palliatives to Nigerians, Buhari
President Buhari (Photo credit: BusinessDay)
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He said:

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“In order to mitigate its impact on Nigerians, our administration has commenced the disbursement of the sum of N10.9 Billion to households and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises as palliatives.”

Moreover, President Buhari revealed that his government has set up a N500 billion fiscal stimulus package and sustained delivery of humanitarian and social interventions to poor households.

He added that the Central Bank of Nigeria has launched a N3.5 trillion-stimulus package to help local factories and thus discourage importation.

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On the nation's collaboration with the World Health Organisation in the fight against the virus, the Nigerian leader stated:

“Nigeria will continue to partner with the WHO and some countries to ensure accelerated development and manufacturing, as well as uninhibited supply of safe and effective Coronavirus vaccines to all.”

Meanwhile, following the allegation of paying some amount of money as COVID-19 palliatives to members of the Senate, the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has reacted.

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The NDDC’s acting executive director (projects), Cairo Ojougboh, denied the claim in a statement on Tuesday, September 1.

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