President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday stated world solidarity was the hope for humanity, and known as on developed international locations and worldwide monetary establishments to cancel the money owed of ”needy international locations” particularly in Africa to allow them reverse the devastations of COVID-19 to the human race.
President Buhari renewed the attraction for debt cancellation for African counties in a digital assembly tagged ”High-Level Occasion on Financing for Growth within the Period of COVID-19 and Past”, convened by Canada, Jamaica and the Secretary-Basic of the United Nations.
Equally, the President urged main nations to offer free extra sources by a global consensus to help poor international locations battle the coronavirus pandemic.
The Nigerian chief cautioned main nations towards adopting a ”me first” and ”each man for himself” perspective, warning that the implications for all of us within the 21st century can solely be imagined.
His phrases: ‘‘The world has modified by COVID-19 and so should the worldwide financing structure for growth financing and the response to the present pandemic. There’s an pressing want for weak and needy international locations particularly these of Africa, to obtain a recent reprieve.
”It is a historic plague affecting each nook of the globe. Within the circumstances, the response wanted should be world, unconditional, complete, and speedy. Money owed should be forgiven and cancelled. Free extra sources are wanted urgently by a global consensus to allow poor international locations work to reverse the devastations of COVID-19 to the human race.
”Rising now and standing collectively in true world solidarity to my thoughts is the one hope for humanity, the perfect method to safeguarding the 2030 SDGs and the one means we are able to construct again for extra resilient economies and societies. ”
The President additionally used the event to apprise the worldwide neighborhood on the devastating influence of the pandemic on the Nigerian financial system, the well being sector and efforts by his authorities to mitigate the disaster.
”For Nigeria, the shocks are a number of, together with the sharp decline in worldwide oil costs which has negatively impacted revenues and progress, worsened exterior and home positions, and additional elevated banking sector vulnerabilities, leading to monumental human and financial toll on the nation.
”We now have been proactive in implementing quite a lot of robust measures, together with fiscal, financial and structural insurance policies, and a multi-front response to the well being disaster created by COVID-19 which captures all tiers of Authorities in addition to the personal sector.
”Our goal is to revert to the federal government’s deliberate medium-term fiscal consolidation path as soon as the disaster is over. Our technique for macroeconomic stability is anchored on our home-grown Financial Restoration and Progress Plan (ERGP), ” he stated.
Moreover, President Buhari stated Nigeria had revised its 2020 finances downwards and shifted emphasis to response actions in direction of bridging the crucial gaps within the well being infrastructures to strengthen nationwide response to COVID-19 and different illnesses.
On demographics and well being, the President informed the assembly that with an estimated inhabitants of 200 million and a big section of economically susceptible inhabitants, Nigeria had a excessive burden of communicable and non-communicable illnesses.
”This stage of illness burden, coupled with poverty stage and Nigeria’s weak system; the COVID-19 pandemic is definitely jeopardizing and reversing the beneficial properties already made by the Authorities and its companions together with in such different areas as outbreaks of Lassa and yellow fevers and measles,’’ he stated.
Nigeria recorded its first confirmed case of COVID-19 on 27th February 2020. Since then, the nation has seen a gradual improve within the variety of instances, with 8,733 confirmed instances, out of which 2,501 have been discharged and 254 deaths reported throughout 35 states as at 27 Could 2020.
Greater than 50 Heads of State and Authorities in addition to heads of worldwide organisations participated within the High-Level Occasion on Financing for Growth within the Period of COVID-19 and Past.