Gombe Gov flags-off state-wide distribution of palliatives to cushion effects of subsidy removal
Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State has flagged off the distribution of food items and agricultural inputs palliatives to cushion the effects of the economic hardship occasioned by the removal of the fuel subsidy in the country.
A statement by Ismaila Uba Misilli, Director-General (Press Affairs), Gombe Government House on Tuesday noted that the distribution ceremony, which was held in Dadinkowa at the Palace of Emir of Yamaltu, demonstrates the Governor’s s strong belief in shared values of compassion and solidarity during challenging times.
In his remarks, the Governor explained that the launching of the distribution of palliatives was a comprehensive effort aimed at aiding over 450,000 beneficiaries across the state’s 11 Local Government Areas.
“In phase one which we launched today, we are targeting 30,000 beneficiaries with each beneficiary collecting one bag of five Kilograms of rice, one carton of macaroni, two bags of fertilizer and two litres of pesticides.
“What sets this initiative apart is the strategic inclusion of agricultural materials in the palliative distribution. This decision resonates deeply with the reality that a significant proportion of Gombe’s population relies on agriculture for their livelihoods. The provision of agricultural support not only guarantees bountiful harvests but also fortifies food security, especially in the imminent dry season,” he said.
Recognizing the necessity of removing the fuel subsidy, Governor Inuwa acknowledged that it is a step towards ensuring long-term economic stability and development.
He said the insightful approach to the palliative programme reflects his deep understanding of the multifaceted challenges faced by individuals and households in Gombe State due to the ongoing economic downturn.
More than just the distribution of goods, Governor Inuwa said, the palliative programme also exudes a sense of hope and solidarity and demonstrates his unwavering dedication to the welfare of every citizen of Gombe State.
He urged the people of the state to embody the values of compassion and solidarity in their interactions, extending a helping hand to those in need.
The Governor called on the distribution officials and volunteers to carry out their roles with integrity and responsibility to ensure transparency and efficiency.
In addition to the ongoing palliative efforts, Governor Inuwa Yahaya assured the people that his administration is working on more social interventions to stimulate growth and counter the economic challenges faced by the people.
The chairman of the state steering committee on the distribution of palliatives, Abdullahi Haruna Abdullahi assured the Governor that the committee will discharge its assignment with the fear of God and to the benefit of humanity.
Abdullahi, who is also the Executive Secretary of Gombe State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, revealed that sub-committees have been formed at the local government and ward levels to ensure effective delivery of the items to the most vulnerable in the state.
Earlier in an address of welcome, the Secretary to the State Government, Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi explained that the flag off of the distribution of palliatives is one out of the numerous interventions undertaken by the administration of Governor Inuwa Yahaya.
He, therefore, appealed to the beneficiaries to make good use of the items given to them in order to boost their crop production and economic activities.