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Group urges FG to support teachers and widows

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A group, Eziokwu Ebubechukwu Foundation, (EEF) has called on the Federal Government to support widows and private school teachers to cushion the economic hardship faced as a result of the COVlD-19 pandemic.

The group recently distributed funds to widows and private school teachers across 12 states in the country.The founder, Ezeukoh Ebubechukwu said the less privileged and those who relied on daily earnings for their source of livelihood should be given top priority.

He lamented that government has not done much to offer assistance to the poor and needy in the land.

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“I would not really blame the government considering the overwhelming number of indigent people to support. So it is important for NGOs like ours to offer palliatives to the needy to complement government’s efforts.

“A vast majority of the people outside of the formal system are devastated by the harsh economic realities of the pandemic, which have affected their daily source of livelihood and had posed significant threat to their ability to meet basic and infrastructural needs,” he added.

He appealed to the government to design an economic policy that favours the poor and vulnerable as the coronavirus pandemic lingers.

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“We distributed funds to private school teachers and widows because we believe these categories of people are more affected by the pandemic. When things were normal we knew the hardship faced by widows; the pandemic has further increased their hardship considering the fact that a lot of businesses have been crippled.

“Likewise, schools are yet to open fully. So what is the fate of teachers engaged by private schools? At least, it is an open secret that a good number of private schools did not pay their teachers since March when schools were shut. These people have families to feed and bills to pay.

The foundation also urged the government to focus on creating an enabling environment for businesses to thrive, saying this would go a long way to improve the living standard of the citizens.

Ebubechukwu called on well meanings Nigerians and relevant agencies to support the less privileged with basic infrastructure, especially given the exigencies of the moment.

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