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Address high cost of living, inflation – Social Workers appeal to Buhari

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The Nigeria Association of Social Workers (NASoW) has urged President Muhamadu Buhari to urgently address the high cost of living and geometric inflation of prices of food items and other essential services in the country.

The association also appealed to Buhari to find ways of reducing high price of energy, Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) and other utilities in the country.

NASoW maintained that the need for Buhari to urgently act is necessary in order to make life comfortable for the citizens of the country.

NASoW in a communiqe issued at the end of its 36th NEC/ Council meeting held in Abuja also condemned the spate of killings across the country, especially the recent killings of 43 rice farmers in Borno state.

The association in the communiqué signed by its three-man communiqué drafting committee led by Jamilu Musa (Chairman), Musliudeen Adebayo and Rachel John called on the federal government led by Buhari and state governments to further intensify efforts towards amelioration of poverty and unemployment among youths in Nigeria.

NASoW in the communiqe made available to journalists on Sunday commended the National Assembly over its efforts towards the passage of the bill for the establishment of Nigeria council for social work.

The association said that it believed that regulation of Social Work practice will not only improve the quality and quantity of social work service delivery but also contribute immensely towards amelioration of crises tendencies in Nigeria.

“We commensurate with the Federal Government of Nigeria on the Covid-19 pandemic ravaging the country and the demand that comes with the challenges. And call for a commitment towards playing our part in ensuring the right things are done for the populace and be mindful of our action during this pandemic.

“We commensurate with government and people of Nigeria over the series of tragic incidences of kidnapping and loss of lives of law abiding citizens especially the recent killings of 43 rice farmers in Borno state. While we pray against such occurrences, we used this medium to appeal to all the tiers of government to urgently address series of killings in the country. We hereby appeal to the federal government to put measures in place to improve security situation across the country.

“We call upon the federal and state governments to further intensify efforts towards amelioration of poverty and unemployment among youths in Nigeria.

We urged the governments at all levels to improve the state of heath care delivery, education and other social services.

“We appreciate the efforts of the federal government over its various social protection measures such as N-Power, trader money, youth empowerment programs among other policies towards improvement of living standard of the people. Yet, we call for urgent measures to reduce the high cost of living, geometric inflation, high rate of energy, PMS, and other utilities.

“We commend the National Assembly over its efforts towards the passage of the bill for the establishment of Nigeria council for social work. We held that regulation of Social Work practice will not only improve the quality and quantity of social work service delivery but also contribute immensely towards amelioration of crises tendencies in Nigeria.

“We call on government at all levels as well as the National Assembly to look into and increase budgetary allocation to social development sub-sector giving the reality on ground.”

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