Thursday, March 26, 2020

Pay Nigerians N25, 000 Monthly For Sanitizers, Masks, Hand Gloves – HURIWA Tells Buhari

As coronavirus sweeps through states in Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government has been charged to pay at least N25,000 monthly to all indigent families and the elderly, amid the Coronavirus outbreak.

Pay Nigerians N25, 000 Monthly For Sanitizers, Masks, Hand Gloves – HURIWA Tells Buhari

A frontline advocacy group, the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, made this call on Thursday.

The group explained that such palliative measure would enable the beneficiaries to buy and stock essential foodstuffs and other pharmaceutical products such as Hand sanitizer; hand gloves and face masks.

HURIWA also urged the Federal government, state governors and the Minister of Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Bello Mohammed, to roll out concrete and sustainable economic growth and stimulus package for small and medium scale entrepreneurs to mitigate the effects of the prolonged shut down of economic activities following the coronavirus outbreak in the country.

The group made this charge in a statement by its National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, the rights group said;

We condemn the lackadaisical attitudes of state governors to combat the spread of the coronavirus pandemic and their failure to make life meaningful for their citizens who are expected to stay at home for a long period of time pending the finding of solutions to the health emergency currently ravaging Nigeria just like most parts of the World.

The President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration should introduce and pay at least N25,000 per month to all indigent families and the elderly to enable the verifiable beneficiaries to buy and stock essential foodstuffs and other pharmaceutical products such as Hand sanitizer; hand gloves and face masks since they have been asked by the Government to stay at home for an undetermined period of time pending the end of the spread of coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria.

Social safety nets evidentially have played significant roles to augment the sustenance of the very poorest of the poor and helps people to escape extreme poverty. In these times of emergencies such as the coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria as well as every part of the globe, the Nigerian government must activate effective social safety nets for the benefits of actual population of the poor who have lost their means of livelihoods following the sudden shut down of economic activities following the sudden rise in the spread of the disease of coronavirus.

As part of the stimulus package, the Nigerian government should pay to poor households specific sums not less than N25,000 per month pending the end of coronavirus pandemic.

The State governors and the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory are by law supposed to have rolled out a series of social safety nets and cash allowances for the poorest of the poor even as the process of distributing these resources and relief materials must be transparent and accountable.

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