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Coronavirus Pandemic: 'Pay Nigerians 25,000 Monthly - HURIWA


The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to pay at least N25,000 monthly to all indigent families and the elderly, amidst the Coronavirus outbreak.

HURIWA, a frontline advocacy group, explained that such measure would enable the citizens to buy  necessary foodstuffs and other pharmaceuticals while at staying at home.

HURIWA also appealed to the Federal government, state governors and the Minister of Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Bello Mohammed, release  concrete and sustainable economic growth and stimulus package for small and medium scale entrepreneurs to reduce the effects of the prolonged shut down of economic activities following the coronavirus outbreak in the country.

HURIWA said  "government  would be sending poor and elderly Nigerians to stay at their homes and die if measures are not  in place as regards the social welfare reliefs”.

Here it the Statement by the  National, Coordinator Emmanuel Onwubiko;

“We condemn the lackadaisical attitudes of state governors to combat the spread of the coronavirus pandemic and their failure to make life meaningful for their citizens who are expected to stay at home for a long period of time pending the finding of solutions to the health emergency currently ravaging Nigeria just like most parts of the World.

“The President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration should introduce and pay at least N25,000 per month to all indigent families and the elderly to enable the verifiable beneficiaries to buy and stock essential foodstuffs and other pharmaceutical products such as Hand sanitizer; hand gloves and face masks since they have been asked by the Government to stay at home for an undetermined period of time pending the end of the spread of coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria.”

" Poor people of Nigeria are to be cared for by the government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the governments of the 36 states of the federation and the minister of the Federal Capital Territory under the social safety nets provided for in section 16 of the Nigerian constitution and especially section 16, subsection 2 (B) which provides thus: “the State shall direct its policy towards ensuring that the material resources of the nation are harnessed and DISTRIBUTED as best as possible to SERVE THE PUBLIC GOOD”.

 “The security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government” means that it is the statutory obligation of government to provide succour and life saving reliefs to the indigent and the elderly in the times of emergencies such as the widening spectre of coronavirus pandemic".

“Social safety nets evidentially have played significant roles to augment the sustenance of the very poorest of the poor and helps people to escape extreme poverty. In these times of emergencies such as the coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria as well as every part of the globe, the Nigerian government must activate effective social safety nets for the benefits of actual population of the poor who have lost their means of livelihoods following the sudden shut down of economic activities following the sudden rise in the spread of the disease of coronavirus".

“As part of the stimulus package, the Nigerian government should pay to poor households specific sums not less than N25,000 per month pending the end of coronavirus pandemic".

“The State governors and the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory are by law supposed to have rolled out a series of social safety nets and cash allowances for the poorest of the poor even as the process of distributing these resources and relief materials must be transparent and accountable.”

It should be noted that, Nigeria has recorded a total number of 65 confirmed cases, 3 discharge and 1 death since the COVID-19 outbreak.

It would be recalled that more states are beginning to declare a total/partial lockdown as coronavirus cases increase.

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