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CSO begs Tinubu, NASS to address economic hardship, bring succour to poor Nigerians

A human rights group has appealed to President Bola Tinubu and members of the National Assembly to find ways of solving the current economic crisis in the country.

The group, Save the Poor and Needy Charity Initiative, SPANCI advised the president to find ways of bringing succour to reduce the hardship caused by hyper inflation, insecurity and scarcity of essential goods across the country.

The Civil Society Group made the appeal in an open letter signed by its President, Yemi Ezekiel Bello and addressed to Tinubu and the National Assembly.

Bello, in the letter made available to DAILY POST, on Tuesday, appealed to Tinubu, the Senate President, Godswill Akpabio and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Tajudeen Abass, to immediately intervene and act before people begin to die on the streets.

The SPANCI scribe lamented that the cost and prices of consumables and commodities in the market have gone up beyond reason, warning that this has brought life-threatening hardship to the people.

“Act now before people begin to die on the streets. The effects of the hardship are unbearable. We at Save the Poor and Needy Charity Initiative (SPANCI) humbly say that the hardship in the country and its effect on the economy and people is grossly unbearable.

“We, therefore, appeal to Mr President and the National Assembly to immediately intervene and act now before people begin to die on the streets and make necessary adjustments to bring down the hardship because the effects of the hardship in the country are unbearable.

“We wish to say that the cost and prices of consumables and other commodities in the market have gone up beyond reason and this has brought life-threatening hardship on people as people die easily now considering the cost of medical treatment and sustainability for those in medical needs and hunger has killed and may still kill more if an immediate solution is not provided.

“A situation where a bag of rice is sold for almost eighty thousand naira, a bag of yam flour is sold for about two hundred thousand naira, garri Oyo for one thousand naira, a bag of cement is now around eight thousand naira, sumo roofing sheet about one hundred thousand, Petro six hundred and forty naira, cooking gas one thousand three hundred naira per kg will bring more hardship on people. Our economy needs urgent attention.

“We would also like your Excellency to immediately increase the salary of workers to conformity with the present economy and as well improve the welfare of our security operatives as we humbly request our national assembly to cut down their salary and make other necessary adjustments to excessive spending, considering the fact that they are representing the masses and people of their constituency and use the money to improve the welfare of their people as this will reduce the rate of kidnapping, banditry and armed robbery and to also act now before people begin to die on streets according to section 14 (1) (2) (a) and (b) of the 1999 constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria as amended”.



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