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Subsidy removal: Nasarawa Govt flags off distribution of palliatives


By Linus Ogbu, Linus, Lafia

Nasarawa State Government has flagged off the distribution of palliative to cushion effect of hardship of fuel subsidy removal on its citizen.

It would be recalled reports that the federal government had on May 29 announced the removal of fuel subsidy.

Gov Abdullahi Sule, while flagging off the distribution on Tuesday in Lafia, assured that the distribution would be done without taking into consideration political parties affiliations.

According to Sule, it is the responsibility of government to take care of its citizen irrespective of their political and religion affiliations, noting the choice of palaces for the distribution of the palliative shows that is not a political parties affairs.

Governor Sule explained that Nasarawa state government had received N2 billion so far out of N4 billion palliative federal government recommended for the state, noting that the state looks forward to receiving the balance of N2 billion.

“As far as the palliative is concerned, you have been hearing of N5 billion that is going to be given to the states, it is indeed N5 billion, but the N5 billion is not all in cash.

“N4 billion is being given to every state and out of the N4 billion the federal government is going to contribute N2. 80 billion that is 52 percent of the total amount, and the state will contribute N1.92 billion, that is the details of the amount. “On the part of the federal government, they have already sent N2 billion to us, they will send the remaining N2 billion to us. But N1.92 billion of that money will be repaid to the fed govt by the state under ISPO,” he said.

Gov Sule state further that the federal government had also allocated N1 billion worth of grains to every state.

“In addition to that, the N1 billion that you have not had is not coming in cash, the federal government has greens at strategic reserves all over the country, they have maize, so the N1 billion worth of maize at N25,000 per bag will be given to every state.

“Because all their monies supposed to go for food items, how do they come up with the calculation of N4 billion, what federal government has in mind is to buy only rice at N40,000 per bag. N100,000 bags of rice at N40,000 per bag is amount to N4 billion,” he explained.

Sule said that the state had engaged traditional and religious leaders, inter party advisory council, youths and women group and officials of government in the sharing arrangement to ensure success.

Speaking earlier, Justice Sidi Bage, Emir of Lafia, thanked President Bola Tinubu and gov Abdullahi Sule for thinking alright to give palliative to cushion hardship of the people.

“The time now is not quite easy for people since after some of these good policies of government, there is some effects which will definitely as we already assured our people that this is temporary after sometime it will ease off,” he said.

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