On Sunday, Ebonyi State Governor Francis Nwifuru kicked off the distribution of palliatives to the people of the state in an effort to lessen the impact of the loss of fuel subsidies.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the handout was part of celebrations marking the 27th anniversary of Nigeria’s founding and the 63rd anniversary of the country’s independence.
While there, Nwifuru announced that all 13 of the state’s LGAs will get a similar allocation.
Bags of rice, fertilizer, sewing and grinding equipment, cooking stoves, insecticide-treated nets and mattresses are just some of the relief items that the governor has mentioned.
I promise the people that the palliatives will be given only to those who truly need them.
As part of the relief efforts, the state government has purchased vans to transport workers to and from their jobs.
“The transportation service will be free as the government will do its best in cushioning the effects of the subsidy removal on the populace,” he explained.
He applauded President Bola Tinubu’s efforts to revive the economy and encouraged Nigerians to give his policies time to take effect.
To the Vice President Ahmed Shettima, Senate President Godswill Akpabio, former Ebonyi Governor David Umahi, members of the National Assembly, and former governors of the state, I also extended my deepest gratitude.
If we are going to make progress as a state, I need the people’s unwavering backing, cooperation, and tolerance.
“We are resolute to revamp, rehabilitate and improve education, health, agriculture, water, internal roads, women affairs, and other sectors of the state,” he stated.
Mr. Kadiri Olarenwaju, team leader at the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), explained that the measures were taken to ease the fallout from the elimination of fuel subsidies.
Additionally, “about 9,000 victims of the 2022 flood disaster in the state would also benefit from the distribution,” he added.