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Group backs president, Reps over control of disease

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A Coalition of civil society and youth groups yesterday commended President Muhammadu Buhari over the steps so far taken to checkmate the spread of Coronavirus in the country.

Convener of the group, Suleiman Musa at a media briefing argued that the timely response of the Ministry of Health spoke volume of President Buhari’s commitment towards ensuring the wellbeing of Nigerians.

“The opposition is saying the President should speak or address the nation on the issue. Which is more important, mobilising money and resources to tackle the challenge or paying lip service on the issue?

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“The President did the needful and Nigerians are being sensitised accordingly. “

It faulted those who opposed the decision by the House of Representatives to embark on a two weeks recess over the disease, arguing that the measure did not only fall within the powers of the House to regulate their conduct, but did not breach provisions of the 1999 Constitution as amended.

The group praised President Buhari for the successes recorded so far in the war against corruption and the socio-economic development of the country.

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“It is on record that President Buhari’s anti-corruption drive has ended high profile fraud which was the old order, convictions have been recorded and we now know that it is no longer business as usual.

“The economy was rescued from recession through a mix of policies, programmes and projects that placed emphasis on non-oil exports and innovative exploration of the agricultural value chain.

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“The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN’s) anchor borrowers financial scheme also pushed rice production to the point of self-sufficiency with other outputs also garnering foreign exchange for the country,” he stated.

He said the Federal Government under Buhari has demonstrated that welfare of the people must be given prime attention, which was why the Livelihood Improvement Family Enterprises (LIFE) programme was initiated.

“The programme, which is aimed at bringing life back to rural communities through the empowerment of youth, women and other vulnerable groups in the country has reached hitherto excluded individuals with community-based on-farm and off-farm business activities, as a model for jobs and wealth creation among unemployed youth and women in rural and suburban households,” he added.

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