Osinbajo chairs NEC special committee on COVID-19, urges more public enlightenment

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo Wednesday chaired the second meeting of the Special Committee of the National Economic Council (NEC) on COVID-19.Present at the meeting, held via videoconference anchored from the Presidential Villa, were Governors Kayode Fayemi, Ekiti; Malam Nasir el-Rufai, Kaduna; Abdullahi Sule, Nasarawa; Mohammed Abubakar, Jigawa; Godwin Obaseki, Edo; David Umahi, Ebonyi; Dapo Abiodun, Ogun; and Atiku Bagudu, Kebbi. The meeting was also attended by the Finance Minister, Hajiya Zainab Ahmed and the Director-General of the Budget Office, Mr Ben Akabueze, among several other top officials.

Speaking at the meeting, Osinbajo emphasised the importance of public enlightenment and sensitization on the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic.
He said there was the urgent need to further intensified enlightenment at all levels government so that more and more Nigerians would become aware of the compelling and critical dimensions of the situation.
He assured governors that the federal government was packaging further resources for a comprehensive economic response to alleviate the challenges of the pandemic, support state governments and provide succour to Nigerians in a timely and effective manner.

He said the newly created Economic Sustainability Committee (ESW) constituted by the President Muhammadu Buhari would be meeting this week to start its work and respond to the situation appropriately.

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