The Speaker of Osun House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Timothy Owoeye has called on well meaning Nigerians, governments and other stakeholders to support people and their businesses to survive the post COVID-19 experiences.
The Speaker in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Alabi to commemorate this year Democracy Day said it is worthy to celebrate Nigeria’s twenty one years of unbroken democratic govenance.
Owoeye while congratulating Nigerians for their resilience and for believing in democracy called on people to support the effort to deepen democratic values towards ensuring that people are major stakeholders in the process of governance.
He stressed that the celebration has been brought to low key due to the ravaging pandemic of COVID-19, stating that it will be worth while for the country to begin to focus on post COVID-19 economy.
Owoeye noted that COVID-19 period is a difficult one as many businesses and people are finding it hard to survive because of the effect of the pandemic on the sources of livelihood, thus the need for support by government and well meaning individuals.
He held that agriculture remains the backbone of any nation and as such governments in Nigeria should focus more on agriculture during the post COVID-19 economy.
The Speaker emphasised that the above mentioned can be achieved by assisting real farmers and youths who are ready to take agriculture as a vocation for the nation to get out stronger of the ruins of the pandemic.
According to him, “This pandemic has taken a toll on the global economy and I am concerned about the dwindling economic fortune, the job losses among others.
“Governments and well meaning individuals must fashion out ways to rescue our people, most especially those who fell into the poverty index due to the Coronavirus pandemic”.