Governor: N8000 palliative is a lot of money to many poor families
Nasarawa State governor, Abdullahi Sule, has thrown his weight behind the N8,000 palliatives that the federal government is planning to give indigent families in the country to cushion the effects of the fuel subsidy removal.
It will be recalled that since the federal government announced the palliative plan, many Nigerians have expressed mixed feelings regarding it.
But while speaking in an interview with Channels TV on Friday, Governor Sule said N8000 is a whole of money for many Nigerians who live in abject poverty.
The governor, who noted that the only challenge the government may have is how to identify the extremely indigent Nigerian families that dearly need the palliative.
He said: “We were sharing only N5000 — and believe me, there were so many people that were waiting for that N5000 every month.”
“Indeed there were some communities that were able to do some kind of contributions, and they were able to do a lot in their various communities.
“So, N8000 may not be so much money to some people, but it is a lot to so many other people who are from very poor families that don’t see N8000 every month. So, the only thing is that let us identify those families.”
Meanwhile, the National Economic Council (NEC), on Thursday, proposed ways of cushioning the impact of petroleum subsidy removal on Nigerians.
The council’s proposal includes a review of minimum wage, single-digit interest rates loans for small businesses and the distribution of food items and fertilisers, among others.