The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to provide post lockdown Palliatives for the private sector in the country, with the grounding of economic activities by the outbreak of Coronavirus.
Buhari, in a televised nationwide address on Monday, extended the lockdown imposed on Lagos, Ogun and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, by one week, but announced that a curfew will be in place afterwards, as a measure to gradually relax the lockdown.
But PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement, expressed disappointment that Buhari did not offer any post lockdown stimulus to assist Nigerians in the private sector.
He said the President also failed to offer decisive solutions to protect Nigerians from the deadly pandemic.
Olognondiyan noted that businesses in the private sector have been crippled by the lockdown, and are now faced with the burden of workers’ salaries and business refinancing.
He lamented that apart from the elementary lockdown and alleged failed palliative showboating, Buhari did not offer a decisive solution regarding the production of drugs, testing kits, and management of equipment, to safeguard Nigerians, despite the huge resources at the disposal of his administration.
“The party insists that had President Buhari heeded this demand by Nigerians at the onset of the pandemic, the situation would not have escalated to this frightening level with no solutions in sight,” the statement read.
“The PDP also finds it difficult to reconcile President Buhari’s assurances of adequate test kits with the disposition of the National Center for Disease Control which declared that it is desperately in shortage of test kits and other medical equipment to combat the scourge.
“Our party invites Nigerians to observe how countries like Senegal had effectively mobilized their indigenous medical researchers and manufacturers to produce low-cost quick testing kits as well as ventilators while investing massively in the production of drugs for treatment of COVID-19 patients.
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“Furthermore, President Buhari should immediately rally efforts within the public and private sectors to provide post lockdown stimulus for the private sector while eliminating corruption to ensure the distribution of palliatives to target vulnerable citizens.”