By Ibiyemi Mathew
The Honourable minister of Communications and Digital economy has today inaugurated a ministerial committee on palliatives.
The minister disclosed that the distribution of the palliatives is in recognition of the need to support Nigerians to ease the economic hardship that Nigerians experienced as a result of COVID-19.
“These palliatives will definitely not be enough for all Nigerians but we believe it will surely show our care and concern for them.
“The palliatives have been provided by the Nigerian Communications Commission, the National Information technology development agency(NITDA),Galaxy Backbone lyd, NIGCOMSAT and Nigeria Postal services(NIPOST).
“We believe that the distribution of these palliatives will improve the indices of well-being and will put a smile on the faces of many Nigerians,encouraging them as we seek to forge ahead in spite of COVID-19,” he said.
Speaking further Pantami said, “as we celebrate the 60th anniversary of our country,it is important for us to support one another and remind ourselves to work together for the good of our fellow citizens. This is even reflected in the theme for the celebration-Together at 60.”
Pantami disclosed further that the distribution of palliatives is in line with the 7th pillar of the National Digital Economy policy and Strategy which is the the Digital society and emerging technology pillar.
Inaugurating the committee, Pantami urged the members of the committee to prioritize the citizens when distributing the palliatives.
“Membership of the committee includes all agencies supervised by the ministry and also partnership with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC), Independent Corrupt Practices Commission(ICPC),Nigeria Financial Intelligence unit(NFIU) and other Civil society organizations to ensure transparency in the distribution of the palliatives.”
The minister listed the palliatives to include 4 ambulances fully equipped with ICU gadgets, 900 bottles of hand sanitizers, 7,500 pieces of face masks, 120 infrared themeometers, deployment of ICT infrastructure for NCDC and stakeholders, 3 trailer loads of rice, support in the distribution of emergency supplies, provision of dedicated satellite channel on the NIGCOMSAT direct to home platform for wider information dissemination, 20 sets of personal protective equipment and ICT gadgets to support virtual meetings in Federal Public Institutions.