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SERAP Urges PMB To Mitigate Effects Of Recession On The Poor

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Civil society organisation, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, (SERAP) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to mitigate the negative effects of the economic recession on the poorest and most marginalised across the country.

SERAP, in an open letter to the president, asked him to swiftly mitigate the negative effects of the economic recession on human dignity and human rights of several Nigerians living in poverty by urgently providing the socially and economically vulnerable with social protection programmes and safety-nets to protect them from severe poverty and deprivation.

In a letter dated September 2, 2016, and signed by the organisation’s senior staff counsel, Timothy Adewale, SERAP also want Buhari to immediately guarantee minimum levels of economic and social rights essential for survival and human dignity, including the rights to health, food, housing and education SERAP further asked the president to fully integrate human rights principles and standards, such as participation, transparency, accountability and redress into the initiatives developed to respond to the economic crisis, and identify longer-term measures that address the structural causes of the crisis that impinge on the government’s ability to meet its human rights obligations and responsibilities to its own citizens The  organisation maintained that “the economic crisis is having disproportionate impacts on the rights of the poorest and most marginalised, who are the most vulnerable because they already suffer from years of corruption, underdevelopment and abuse of power.”

“Urgently provide the socially and economically vulnerable with social protection programs and safety-nets to protect them from severe poverty and deprivation”, and “immediately drop the proposed 10 per cent tax on phone calls, text messages, data and more, as this would disproportionately affect the socially and economically vulnerable and push them deeper into poverty and deprivation.”

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