- Donates N50 million to fight the virus
The presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party to the just concluded general elections, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has charged the federal government to implement a palliative measure which will see every household in Nigeria get the sum of N10,000 as food supplement during the partial lockdown occasioned by the outbreak of coronavirus.
Atiku said this much in a statement he released to the media on Wednesday. The statement in part reads.
“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. 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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Atiiku, whose son was earlier this week diagnosed of the dreaded virus, pledged the donation of N50 million, donated on his behalf by Priam Group, as contribution to a relief fund that will form part of the stimulus package. He also asked the mobile telephone operators in Nigeria to give N1,500 airtime to every registered phone user in the countru so that it will easier for citizen to call the relevant authorities when there is suspected case of COVID-19