APC group lauds FG’s COVID-19 response

All Progressives Congress (APC) Legacy Awareness and Campaign Group, has lauded Federal Government’s COVID-19 response, saying it has created inclusive growth.

Mr Tolu Ogunlesi, a spokesperson for group, said this in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja.

Ogunlesi also lauded federal government for its numerous economic initiatives, saying that such would continue to yield fruits and translate inclusive growth, as well as socioeconomic prosperity for Nigerians.

“We wish to acknowledge remarkably clear and firm response APC-led federal government on COVID-19 pandemic.

“Nobody anticipated that 2020 will usher in most disruptive pandemic in most recent history humanity.

“However, once started, the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration undertook a two-step approach,” he said.

“The steps include protecting the lives all, preserving the livelihoods workers and business owners to ensure that their families got through the difficult times in dignity and with hope and peace mind,” he said.

Ogunlesi enumerated some the major steps taken by the government in response to to include the setting up an Economic Sustainability Committee chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

He said the committee developed a comprehensive economic stimulus plan, known as the Economic Sustainability Plan (ESP).

“The ESP has been widely credited with fast-tracking Nigeria’s exit from the COVID-induced recession, and as a contributor to the robust 5.1 per cent economic growth recorded in February 2021.

“The ESP has included a range interventions from payroll support, to federal investments in renewable energy for households, to grants for artisans and transport workers, as well as the aviation sector bailout packages.

“Also, recently, the president set up a committee to comprehensively reform the health sector, to build on the efforts already introduced by the administration, including the operationalisation the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund (BHCPF),”he said.