President Muhammadu Buhari has taken bold steps to ease the pains of Nigerians occasioned by the present economic downturn.
The economy has almost ground to a halt eleven months after his administration came into power, and Nigerians across board are beginning to question the ‘Change’ they voted in as their means of livelihood are being eroded.
The lingering fuel scarcity, epileptic power supply, astronomical hike in electricity tariffs and double-digit inflation are but some of the challenges millions of Nigerians now have to contend with on a daily basis.
However the presidency, speaking through the Senior Special Assistant to President Buhari on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, has moved to allay the fears of Nigerians, giving a reassurance of drastic steps to alleviate the present downturn.
Writing on his twitter handle (@GarShehu), the SA Media said the president has ordered 10,000 tons of grains from the strategic reserves to counter the rising food prices and exploitation by the trader-class.
The president, who blamed part of the recession on the Boko Haram insurgency, also directed the Minister of Agriculture to assist able-bodied men in IDP camps to return to farming.
While claiming that “change sometimes comes with pain”, president Buhari assured that the fuel situation will soon be brought under control as the Kaduna and Port Harcourt refineries are being revitalised.
He also put paid to the controversial N5,000 welfare package debate by ensuring that one million poor and vulnerable Nigerians will be beneficiaries of the scheme once the World Bank completes its register on the ‘poor and vulnerable’ in the country.
On unemployment, the president assured that 500,000 will be employed as ‘volunteer teachers’ while 370,000 more will be given skill acquisition training, before concluding by telling Nigerians that these are the dark days before the dawn.
See some of the tweets by @GarShehu:
Meanwhile, Nigerians have been reacting to the development…
Credit: Twitter (@GarShehu)
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