N5bn grant: FG, Governor Sani at warpath over subsidy palliative
Kaduna state governor, Sani Uba, has raised the alarm that only N2bn has been released to states as palliatives to cushion the effect of fuel subsidy removal instead of the N5bn announced at the end of the National Economic Council, NEC, meeting.
The National Economic Council, NEC after a meeting presided over by Vice President Kashim Shettima announced to the world that the sum of N5bn grant for each state for the procurement of grains as well as five trucks of rice to each state as palliatives to cushion the effect of fuel subsidy removal.
NEC also approved the distribution of 40,000 bags of maize to be distributed to states.
It also directed the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, to distribute food items to states sharing border with Niger Republic over the recent political instability in the country.
Briefing State House correspondents at the end of the meeting, Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State said the approval of N5 billion and trucks of rice and grains were part of measures to bring temporary solutions to the high cost of living caused by the subsidy removal, as government continued to work with more enduring programmes.
He said the states are to purchase 100,000 bags of rice and beans among other items.
Zulum said that NEC mandated NEMA to distribute food items to state sharing borders with Niger Republic.
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