Following the outbreak of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and its ravaging effect on the global economy, Nigeria’s Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, has assured that the federal government is intensifying its effort in ensuring that the Nigerian economy survives the current tide and Nigerians enjoy the dividends of democracy.
Speaking at a Google Hangout where young Nigerian tech innovators discussed the impact of COVID-19, the vice president, according to a statement signed and released by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, revealed that President Muhammadu Buhari appointed him as the chairman, Economic Sustainability Committee.
According to the statement, the Committee is to take care of the economic challenges and fallouts of the pandemic and consequential restrictions.
It was also revealed that the committee will develop a sustainability plan on repositioning the economy and growing the non-oil sector, besides developing further palliatives.
Corroborating the appointment of Prof Osinbajo during a press briefing by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, earlier in Abuja, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, stated: “For economic sustainability, Mr President has, today, approved the constitution of a committee to be chaired by His Excellency, the Vice President.
“The terms of reference of the committee will be announced soon.”
The Google Hangout, organized by HACK COVID-19 Call Center, Abuja, in the meantime, is a private sector initiative to share solutions, public information and ideas on COVID-19 and how public and private sector can collaborate on the response to the pandemic.
The Google Hangout, moderated by Ore Disu and other tech innovators who participated online, also had in attendance the Ministers of Finance, Budget and Planning; Industry, Trade and Investment; Labour; Petroleum Resources – state; CBN Governor, GMD NNPC, with the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation as Secretary.