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Niger State Gov’t rolls out measures for palliative distribution, declares holiday

NIGER STATE GOVERNMENT ROLLS OUT MEASURES FOR THE DISTRIBUTION OF ₦5.25 BILLION WORTH OF PALLIATIVES

✓ DECLARES THREE DAYS PUBLIC HOLIDAY FOR DISTRIBUTION OF PALLIATIVES

Niger State Governor, Mohammed Umaru Bago has declared Wednesday, Thursday and Friday next week as public holidays to allow for the effective distribution of palliatives to residents across all the 25 Local Government Areas of the State.

The Governor in a maiden Press Conference held at the Government House Minna explained that the state government augmented N250 million to the N5 billion palliative given to the state.

Below are the highlights of the modalities adopted for distribution:

✓ ₦2 Billion cash received so far from the Federal government.

✓ All the Wards in Suleja, Chanchaga, Bida and Kontagora Local Governments are to have ₦20 Million per ward.

✓ All the Wards in the remaining 21 Local Government Areas of the State will get 10 million Naira each.

✓ Traditional Institutions to get ₦80 Million.

✓ Internally Displaced Persons to get ₦75 Million.

✓ Logistics and Organized Labour, to gulp ₦110 Million

✓ Political parties to get ₦150 Million.

✓ All the money is to hit the Local Government council Account by Monday next week.

✓ The cash will be injected into the local markets in the state.

✓ Five trucks of Rice will be distributed to each Ward of the 25 Local Government Areas.

✓ Fourth Thousand 40,000 bags of Maize is still anticipated from the Federal government and the state government will add 10,000 bags to make it 50,000 bags for distribution to all the polling units across the state.

✓ The palliatives are not free as the State and Local Governments will pay back 58% of the ₦5 Billion in 20 months while the Federal government will take 42%.

✓ Local Government and Ward Committees are to decide what food items to buy depending on the needs of their people.

✓ Standing Committees comprising Former and serving public office holders are to ensure effective and efficient distribution of the palliatives in their respective Constituencies.

✓ Also to cushion the effect of fuel subsidy removal, Governor Umaru Bago disclosed that some steps taken by the state government to ease movement of goods and services .

✓ Two Hundred 200 CNG Luxurious Buses will be made available to provide free public transportation to all students and pupils in public schools.

✓ Civil Servant will also benefit at a discounted rate .

✓ 100 of the Buses are to ply the Suleja to Abuja axis.

✓ Fifty 50 Buses to ply Minna and 50 to other Local Government Areas.

ON AGRICULTURE:

✓ Directives have been given to the Ministries of Lands and Agriculture to provide 10,000 hectares of arable land in every Local Government.

✓ By December 2023, 250,000 arable lands would be cleared to boost National policy on food security.

✓ Farm Machinery to be provided

✓ Five Hundred 500,000 youths to be employed in the pilot scheme in Agricultural activities.

✓ Four Hundred 400,000 women to be employed as pickers of Shea nuts.

EDUCATIONON:

✓ Payment of bursary to students is to be revived.

✓ Governor Umaru Bago used the medium to appeal to Nigerlites to be patient as his administration remains committed to serving them better.

✓ He however warned that anyone who is found wanting in the distribution of the palliatives will be jailed to serve as a deterrent to others.

Bologi Ibrahim
Chief Press Secretary to Niger State Governor
01/09/2023

Agency Report

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