President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has intensified his efforts to ease hardship in Nigeria as he released five trucks of rice to all 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Borno Governor, Babagana Zulum disclosed to journalists on Thursday, August 17, 2023, after the month’s National Economic Council (NEC) meeting presided over by Vice President Kashim Shettima at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
According to him, the government approved five trucks of rice for each state as palliatives to cushion the effect of fuel subsidy removal.
He revealed that the FG under Tinubu has equally approved N5 billion grant to be given to each of the 36 states of the federation for the procurement of grains.
He said the states are to purchase 100,000 bags of rice and beans among other items.
He explained that it was part of measures to bring temporary solutions to the high cost of living caused by the subsidy removal.
Zulum said the NEC directed the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to distribute food items to states sharing border with the Niger Republic over the recent political instability in the country.
On his side, the Governor of Anambra state, Prof. Charles Soludo, said that the review of social register was in progress.
He said Nigeria was already having refugees from Niger Republic, which he said is affecting the distribution of palliatives.
However, the Governor of Kaduna State, Senator Uba Sani, said only N2 billion has so far been given to states instead of the N5 billion approved