Atiku pledges N50m in fight against coronavirus pandemic

Atiku pledges N50m in fight against coronavirus pandemic

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has donated N50million as relief fund to support the Federal Government’s battle against the coronavirus pandemic in the country.

Atiku made this pledge via a press statement on Wednesday, March 25.

He explained his contribution will help “form part of the stimulus package.”

He further praised the Federal and State Governments for taking precautionary measures in containing the spread of the virus in the country.

Part of these, Atiku explained, include issuing stay at home orders; and shutting down non-essential markets; and other places of mass gatherings; while also giving guidelines for social distancing.

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Despite the measures, however, the former presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) asked governments at all levels 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 own safety.”

According to him, “a large percentage of our people do not have the financial capacity to withstand long periods of self-isolation and even lockdown.”

Excerpt from the statement reads, “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.

“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 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.

“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.

“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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