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Atiku pledges N50m, beg Gov’ts, Network Companies to give money, airtime to Nigerians

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The Former Nigeria vice president, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has pleaded with the federal, state and local governments to make out palliative measure to help Nigerians successfully undergo sit at home order imposed by government authorities, pledged fifty million.

Atiku’s appeal is on the understanding that the majority of Nigerians are low-income earners and maybe in a difficult position to stay at home without food, water or even money to buy.

In his words: “As the coronavirus pandemic ravages the world, I applaud the various Nigerian state governments who have proactively taken measures, such as issuing stay at home orders, and shutting down non-essential markets and other places of mass gatherings, while also giving guidelines for social distancing.

“However, we must accept the fact that much of the Nigerian public have a subsistence existence. A large percentage of our people 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 to survive, even as they abide by these necessary measures put in place for their safety.”

“He suggested the federal government distribute a soft fund of about ten thousand nairas (#10,000) to every household as a supplement for food items and other necessary things.

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

The People Democratic Party presidential candidate in 2019 general elections, Atiku also called on the lawmakers to return to chambers and engage in swift action possibly through modern communication medium (teleconference) to administer ‘Stimulus Package Act that will cater for citizens of Nigeria.

“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.”

He further advised telecommunication companies to see a way of sending at least #1500 airtime to Simcard of Nigerian residents to help them reach out to health centres promptly when they encounter issues relating to Coronavirus pandemic.

Atiku continued: ” I also call on all Mobile Telephony Companies in Nigeria to urgently develop mobile money platforms so that the 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.”

He, however, released fifty million nairas through his company, Priam Group as a lead to kick start the stimulus package to Nigerians, commended individuals, organizations who are assisting Nigerians.

“I commend all individuals and corporate organisations who have one way or the other provided some form of relief for the Nigerian people. In essence, 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.

“To this end, Priam Group pledges N50 million on my behalf as my humble contribution to a relief Fund that will form part of the stimulus package.”

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