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Enugu State Government Releases Criteria for Beneficiary Selection

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The Enugu State Government has issued the criteria for selecting recipients of gasoline subsidy removal palliatives in the state, emphasizing that they must be the most vulnerable and disadvantaged members of society.

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The Deputy Governor, Barr. Ifeanyi Ossai, made this known in Enugu on Monday at a meeting with the chairmen of the state’s 17 local government areas on the criteria for the selection of intended recipients of gasoline subsidy removal palliatives in the state.

Barr Ossai, Chairman of the State Palliative Committee, outlined the criteria, which included one person in a family with one or more children out of school due to financial constraints, persons detained in hospital after treatment or refused treatment due to inability to pay medical bills, persons, particularly widows, who make a living in their community, working on other people’s farms or domestic work to make a living, and widows with children, whose olde

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Others are people in communities who rely on their community church or mosque to pay school fees or celebrate Christmas or other holidays, people with disabilities who are well known in their community but do not have extended or direct family support, orphans who are well known in their community but do not have known support, and people who live on less than a thousand, four hundred and twenty five naira per day, according to the World Bank Poverty Index.

Ossai asked the council chairmen to call an emergency meeting of the ward palliative committees in their respective council areas to discuss distribution procedures and the gathering of trustworthy data on the selected beneficiaries.

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He reminded the chairmen that ward councillors were not expected to generate the social register/data of the intended beneficiaries without the participation of ward committee members, and that the clergy, presidents general of autonomous communities, and representatives of civil society organizations should all work together to achieve effective and credible results.

Ossai stressed that those in the ward committees were familiar with the poor people in their respective neighborhoods who usually contacted the churches for help.

He stated that those who do not have national identity numbers or bank account numbers should note this on the documents provided, and that the State administration would dispatch the necessary government institutions.

Concerning the number of beneficiaries per ward, he stated that it was decided that each ward should create one thousand targeted beneficiaries, instructing the chairmen to guarantee that the project was credible and completed effectively in record time.

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