PDP directs members to scale up personal interventions
• Restates Case for The Poor, Unemployed, Others
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has directed its members across the country to provide assistance to vulnerable Nigerians to mitigate the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 lockdown.
The party, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, yesterday, said its call was against the backdrop of “the manifest failure of the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led administration to shelve its greed and corruption and make adequate provisions for social palliatives and other panaceas to Nigerians, despite the immense resources at its disposal.”
Stating that its position was also in line with its manifesto and guiding principles to ensure the security, wellbeing and happiness of all citizens, irrespective of creed, ethnicity and political persuasion, the party called on Nigerians to look beyond primordial considerations and join forces to defeat the virus.
It urged Nigerians to further display their spirit of brotherly care by assisting the aged, unemployed, as well as individuals and families whose means of livelihood had been crippled by the restriction directive.
The statement read: “The APC and its government would remain lethargic and allow sheer incompetence, greed, avarice and primitive corruption to continue to constrict it into unnecessary parochialism in the handling of effort against the spread of COVID-19 in our country…”
“Our party bemoans the lack of accountability and the manifest sleaze in the disbursement of financial palliatives, with allegations of diversion of billions of naira to private purses to the detriment of poor Nigerians. Indeed, such is not the way to go…”
It urged the Federal Government to be transparent and involve more capable Nigerian medical experts, researchers as well as equipment manufacturers to assist in checking the spread of the pandemic.
It commended the organised private sector for donations to contain the scourge and lauded health care providers and several other frontline workers, who have been risking their lives to safeguard our nation.
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