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Atiku Advocates N10,000 As Palliative For Each Nigerian Household Donates N50 Million

Atiku Abubakar

Former Nigeria’s Vice President, Atiku Abubakar has advocated N10,000 as palliative for each household to cushion the effect of stay-at-home policy in this era of coronavirus pandemic. This was even as he announced donation by Priam Group on his behalf to a relief Fund that will form part of the stimulus package.

“At an approximate 30 million households or thereabouts, government should devise modalities to distribute N10,000 as supplement for food stuff to each household, among  other palliative measures, with no one left behind.”

In a statement today, March 25, Atiku, who was also the Presidential candidate of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 elections, said that much of the Nigerian public have a subsistence existence, adding that a large percentage Nigerians do not have the financial capacity to withstand long periods of self isolation and even lockdown.

“It is, therefore, incumbent on the Federal and state governments to provide palliatives to the Nigerian people to enable them survive, even as they abide by these necessary measures put in place for their own safety.

“It is thus time for the National Assembly to reconvene in an emergency session, perhaps by teleconference (in line with the demands of social distancing), to legislate a Stimulus Package Act that will cater for all Nigerian citizens.

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“I also call on all Mobile Telephony Companies in Nigeria to urgently develop mobile money platforms so that government can reach the unbanked with financial assistance. I also urge these telecommunications firms to offer each of the 100 million mobile phone lines in Nigeria free credit of at least ₦1500 per mobile line, so that Nigerians who show symptoms, or those who just want information, can call the nearest available health facility, or even an ambulance service, as the case may be.

“I commend all individuals and corporate organisations who have one way or the other provided some form of relief for the Nigerian people. This is what makes Nigeria great, when we help each other at such crisis times as this, irrespective of any differences. I further call on more corporations and individuals with capacity, to assist the public in these trying times.”