Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar has donated N50 million towards the country’s coronavirus emergency fund.
The former Vice President in a statement said he is donating the fund on behalf of his company, Priam Group.
This was contained in a statement issued by Atiku on Wednesday.
He also commended Nigerian state governments who had proactively taken measures to curtail the spread of the virus.
He, therefore, called on the Federal and state governments to provide palliatives for Nigerians to survive the current difficult times.
“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.
“It is thus time for the National Assembly to reconvene in an emergency session, perhaps by teleconference (in line with the demands of social distancing), to legislate a Stimulus Package Act that will cater for all Nigerian citizens,” he said.
He also called on all mobile telephone companies in the country to develop mobile money platforms so that the government will be able to reach unbanked Nigerians with the proposed package.
“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,” he said.