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Lockdown: Federal Government Still Weighing Options On Palliatives

Federal Government of Nigeria is still putting its acts together on the best way to implement palliative measures to alleviate the challenges posed by the Coronavirus and lockdown of Lagos, Ogun States as well as the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
According to the senior special assistant in the Presidency, Laolu Akande, in a statement today, April 1, the Special Committee of the National Economic Council on COVID-19, headed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, met today to fashion out the palliative moderlities.
Akande gave the names of those who attended the meeting held via videoconference, anchored from the presidential villa, Abuja to include Governors Kayode Fayemi, Ekiti; Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, Kaduna; Abdullahi Sule, Nasarawa; Mohammed Abubakar, Jigawa; Godwin Obaseki, Edo; David Umahi, Ebonyi; Dapo Abiodun, Ogun and Atiku Bagudu, Kebbi. The meeting was also attended by the Finance Minister, Hajiya Zainab Ahmed and the Director-General of the Budget Office, Ben Akabueze among several other top officials.
The statement said that the meeting received the report of its Technical Working Group which proposed an array of policy options and recommendations on how federal, state and local governments can bring relief to the people and take other adequate measures in containing and responding to the adverse economic effects of the pandemic.
Speaking at the meeting, the Vice President emphasized the importance of the assignment and the urgency required, asking that public enlightenment and sensitization on the seriousness of the pandemic should be further intensified at all government levels so that more and more Nigerians would become aware of the compelling and critical dimensions of the situation.
He assured the governors that the FG is already packaging further resources for a comprehensive economic response to alleviate the challenges of the pandemic, support the States and provide succor to Nigerians in a timely and effective manner.
He disclosed that the newly created Economic Sustainability Committee (ESW), constituted by the President, will also be meeting this week to start its work and respond to the situation appropriately.
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