ActionAid Nigeria (AAN) has urged President-elect Bola Tinubu to act swiftly after his inauguration on May 29 to alleviate Nigerians' mounting hardship in the face of rising poverty.
ActionAid proposed a number of changes, including halting the borrowing binge, auditing the campaign process, and increasing funding for security agencies.
After reviewing the state of the nation at her 49th meeting in Abuja, the Board of Trustees, BoT, AAN, issued the call in a statement read by Board Chair, Dr. Jummai Umar-Ajijola.
In the short term, the President-elect is urged to take action like increasing fuel imports, cracking down on fuel hoarding and diversion, and improving distribution infrastructure.Nigeria needs to diversify its economy away from oil by investing in domestic refining capacity and promoting alternative energy sources in the long run.
Auditing the entirety of Nigeria's electioneering process is a joint responsibility of the federal and state governments, INEC, CSOs (Civil Society Organizations), and all other stakeholders.
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To ensure more openness and to aid in building people's confidence in the democratic process, this must include a national debate to address all the critical challenges that still confront our electoral process.
Reduce your borrowing habits
"Rather than being fixated on distributing $16 per person for two years, which will have minimal or no impact on lowering the cost of living and poverty, the Federal Government must reverse her borrowing spree and propose workable and sustainable solutions to grow the economy."The Senate should completely reject President Muhammadu Buhari's latest request for a loan of $800 million days before he leaves office.
Policymakers, planners, and allottees of resources would benefit greatly from the information gleaned from a national census, which the incoming administration led by Asiwaju Bola Tinubu should make a top priority.
The prosperity of Nigeria depends on the results of this census.
Inaccessible neighborhoods and high-risk areas require special preparation.
To prevent hyperinflation and counterfeiting, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) must reduce the number of Naira notes in circulation and make the currency difficult to counterfeit before the Supreme Court's December 31, 2023 deadline for the validity of the old Naira notes.
The Central Bank of Nigeria must make preparations to ensure that Nigerians are not put through the kind of hardship they endured in Q1 2023.
Prepare for flooding, and raise people's awareness of the dangers they face.
In order to effectively collaborate with state and local governments and communities to create flood response plans and raise awareness of flood risks, the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) needs to be pragmatic.
"Additionally, government agencies must provide training and capacity building to relevant stakeholders to enhance their ability to respond to flooding; the federal and state emergency interventions must be commensurate with the level of flood impact; and governments at all tiers must increase their investment in infrastructure and technology and enhance coordination and communication among relevant stakeholders.
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