Post COVID-19: Ex-NCPC boss hints on how FG can improve economy

By Daniel Tyokua

Former Executive Secretary, Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC) Uja Tor Uja has given insight into measures the federal government should adopt to strengthen the economy after coronavirus pandemic.

He said the government should involve strategic stakeholders in drawing a holistic roadmap that would capture long term programmes that could take care of similar issues in the future.

Uja explained that the country’s Infrastructural system should be repositioned through partnering with the country’s stakeholders, including economic experts, religious and traditional rulers at all levels.

Briefing Journalists in Abuja on Wednesday, the former NCPC secretary said the representatives of 774 Local Government Areas in the country should be well involved during the planning.

He said, “FG needs a holistic roadmap on how to live and cope with COVID-19, this demands producing long term programmes that can take care of similar issues in the future.

“All Local Government Areas should be included by providing at least one federal hospital in every local government area in the country even five, especially in bigger local governments”

He said the government was doing well in management of COVID-19, but should use the opportunity to improve on Infrastructure across the country, provide social cohesion, partner with the nation’s strategic stakeholders and build a framework for smooth national operations in all spheres.

Though he commended the efforts of the government in the fight against COVID-19, but urged the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 to make its daily briefing to be a dialogue than the present mono briefing.

“Nigerian medical infrastructure is weak, thus the government should invest in every local government, is an opportunity for social intervention, FG should provide funds, donated, borrowed and harnessed them for a robust development,” he said.

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