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Buhari, Osinbajo Meet To Discuss COVID-19 Palliative Measures

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Zainab Sanni

It has been confirmed that President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday met with Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo to discuss measures to further ease the effects of the coronavirus disease on Nigerians.

Osinbajo, confirmed this while speaking with journalists after the meeting.

As part of the country’s national response strategy towards alleviating the suffering of Nigerians amid the pandemic, Buhari had set up the Economic Sustainability Committee, headed by Yemi Osibanjo.

He noted that the meeting focused on ways to cushion the negative implications of the restrictions on the poor.

He said, “I came to brief Mr President as usual, (like) the regular briefing I give. Sometimes, I come physically as you see me today; other times I brief him on the phone or by conference.

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“What we are concerned about is how to ensure that the economy remains stable, jobs are protected and if possible, more jobs are created. The President has expressed much concern about the problems that may be associated with the lockdown. Many of our people work for daily wage; they have to go out for work every day.

“So, we have to think about how to give them some succour during the period when they are not able to work. So, some of these are the issues Mr President wanted me to discuss fully with him.”

Osibanjo said he compared notes with Buhari on what more could be done for the poor and the vulnerable amid the restrictions to tackle the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

 

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