Former vice president Atiku Abubakar has pledged a donation of N50 million as his contribution in support of the Federal Government’s battle against the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) ravaging the country.
Atiku, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 general elections, disclosed this in a statement he personally signed on Wednesday.
According to the former vice president, the contribution done on his behalf by the Priam Group will help “form part of the stimulus package”.
He commended the Federal and State Governments for taking precautionary measures in containing the spread of the virus in the country.
He, however, called on the Federal Government to distribute N10,000 to each household in Nigeria to subside the cost of living during this period, insisting that palliatives measures must be considered for all Nigerians as a result of the lull in economic activities currently.
“However, we must accept the fact that much of the Nigerian public have a subsistence existence. A large percentage of our people do not have the financial capacity to withstand long periods of self-isolation and even lockdown.
“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.
“At an approximate 30 million households or thereabouts, the government should devise modalities to distribute N10,000 as a supplement for foodstuff to each household, among other palliative measures, with no one left behind,” the statement read.
Atiku called on the National Assembly to urgently reconvene via teleconferencing to approve the stimulus package for Nigerians.
While also commending corporate organisations for their support rendered to all tiers of government so far, Atiku called on all mobile telecom operators to recharge the lines of each Nigerian with N1,500 airtime, as well as develop mobile money platforms to aid banking operations.
“I also call on all Mobile Telephony Companies in Nigeria to urgently develop mobile money platforms so that the government can reach the unbanked with financial assistance.
“I also urge these telecommunications firms to offer each of the 100 million mobile phone lines in Nigeria free credit of at least ₦1500 per mobile line, so that Nigerians who show symptoms, or those who just want information, can call the nearest available health facility, or even an ambulance service, as the case may be,” the statement read.