The Governor of Nasarawa State, Abdullahi Sule, has distributed 50kg bags of rice each to 3,100 beneficiaries as subsidy removal palliatives on Tuesday, in Awe, Keana and Obi Local Government Areas of the state.
The Governor also presented N5,000 to each of the beneficiaries across the three LGAs in order to cushion the effects of the fuel subsidy removal on the people.
During the distribution exercise, the governor said: “This is a continuation of the distribution we have carried out in other local government areas of the state and these palliatives are in many forms. Just yesterday, we gave the approval that all civil servants; both at the state and the local government areas should receive N10,000 as their palliatives.
“In addition, we said that all our pensioners both at the state and local government levels will begin to receive N5,000 each, which will last for six months.
“We also have an ongoing programme of the social investment programme called “Kudin AA Sule”, which we have been distributing to beneficiaries every month.
“We are resuming that distribution today and have increased the number of beneficiaries. This is aimed at cushioning the effects of this hardship that is being created as a result of the fuel subsidy removal.”
While assuring that the state would distribute more palliatives in the coming days, governor Sule urged the people who were not captured in the first round of the distribution to exercise patience, adding that all residents of the state will benefit from the FG’s gesture.
In her remarks, the Commissioner, Ministry for Special Duties, Humanitarian, Social Services and Non-Governmental Organisations, Princess Margaret Elayo, expressed gratitude to President Bola Tinubu and governor Abdullahi Sule for their commitment and dedication to the welfare of the people of this state.
Elayo said the state had made progress in the distribution of the palliatives in several local government areas as well as development areas and also learnt valuable lessons during the exercise.
She further assured that the state government was committed to addressing the areas that required improvement to ensure that palliatives were distributed to the targeted beneficiaries.
On their parts, the Emir of Awe, Alhaji Isa Abubakar Umar III, the Osana of Keana, Alhaji Abdullahi Amegwa Agbo III, and the Zhe Migili, Dr Ayuba Agwadu, who spoke separately, all appreciated the federal government for the gesture and cautioned the beneficiaries against selling the palliatives.
It would be recalled that the federal government had approved the sum of N5 billion to each state of the federation to reduce the hardship being faced by the citizens following the removal of petroleum subsidy.