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Coronavirus: Nigeria distributes rice as Buhari approves N500bn economic stimulus

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the immediate distribution of 150 trucks of impounded rice to the poor and needy Nigerians.

ConsumerConnect gathered that a President Buhari’s aide on digital media disclosed the information via a verified Twitter account Tuesday, April 7.

“President Buhari directs the Nigeria Customs Service to release 150 truckloads of rice seized from smugglers for immediate distribution across the country.

“Part of the FG’s (Federal Government) palliative measures to cushion the effect of the #COVID19 Pandemic.”

Recall that when Nigeria closed its borders, especially to neighbouring countries of Benn Republic and Niger in 2019, part of the reason was to combat the incidence of smuggling into the country.

Meanwhile, President Buhari has approved the release of a sum of N500billion as a stimulus package to prop up the nation’s economy over the devastating effects of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on the Nigerian populace.

Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, Honourable Minister for Finance, Budget and National Planning, stated this at a media briefing in Abuja, FCT, Monday, April 6.

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