COVID- 19: Businessman Urges Govts To Tackle Citizens' Sufferings, Others - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Wednesday, August 19, 2020

COVID- 19: Businessman Urges Govts To Tackle Citizens' Sufferings, Others

                             •Chief Amuzu

From Heritage Odih, Abeokuta

A businessman, Chief Toyin Amuzu(TA) on Wednesday advised the State and Federal Governments to develop more programmes that would mitigate the economic effects of the Coronavirus pandemic on the citizens.

Chief Amuzu said the pandemic was driving many into crushing poverty, pleading that adequate measures should be put in place to alleviate the hardship brought on people by COVID -19 while preparation should also be made for likely post - COVID - 19 effects.

The Okanlomo of Oke-Ijeun, Abeokuta, Ogun State,  gave the advice while commenting on the negative effects of the pandemic on Nigerians, noting that more people were now finding it so difficult to make ends meet.

He noted that the prices of food items and other essential commodities have risen to the 'roof top' while many jobs and businesses have also slumped.

Amuzu said: "Itwas unthinkable that government would allow any increase in the price of Petroleum Motor Spirit, PMS, at this time when Nigerians are facing various challenges in their bid to survive.  

 "Many People have lost their jobs and financial power. It is now so hard for an average Nigerian to fend for their families and eat three square meal. The dollar and various foreign exchange have soared and doing business in Nigeria is getting so difficult.

"Our government must not remain helpless, but rise up to the challenges by driving both the micro and macro economies through financial support, reduced taxation and other incentives that would ease doing business in Nigeria."

He reckoned that government interventions would drastically reduce crimes and poverty and rejuvenate the economy.

He also appealed to private individuals and corporate organisations to come to the aide of the poor and vulnerable households in cities and Communities with intervention programmes to complement governments' efforts.

Chief Amuzu disclosed that he has been assisting the needy within his modest means, pledging to come up with an elaborate community support programme that could impact positively on the people and residents of  Abeokuta South Local Government Area of Ogun State.

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