By Remi Johnson
The Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA has extended its distribution of palliatives to additional vulnerable households across the six Area Councils of the FCT.
The distribution on the first day of the exercise began simultaneously at Kwali, Kuje and Abaji Area Councils of the FCT, while day two will ensure the coverage of Bwari, Gwagwalada and AMAC Area councils.
Speaking on behalf of the FCT Minister, Nyesom Wike, in Kuje Area Council, Mandate Secretary, Agriculture & Rural Development Secretariat, Lawan Kolo Geidam said the distribution of the items was in line with efforts of the FCT Administration to ensure that the items reach vulnerable residents who bear the brunt of the fuel subsidy removal.
“This noble gesture, aligns with the “Renewed Hope Agenda” of Mr. President, Bola Ahmed Tinubu which aims to instill hope for a better future for all Nigerians. Under this phase of the distribution, we are bringing the items closer to the people, ensuring direct outreach to the vulnerable groups. I am proud to inform you that this exercise is taking place simultaneously in all six (6) Area Councils of the FCT”.
At Kwali, the Secretary, Area Council Services Secretariat, Bitrus Garki explained that the exercise was part of FCTA’s distribution of palliatives to vulnerable residents, adding that each Area Council would get not less than 1,640 bags of rice and maize.
“You may recall that about two weeks ago, the FCT Administration organised an event where some of the food items were distributed to various groups.The feedback we received from that exercise was incredibly encouraging, which is why we are expanding the distribution today”.
At Abaji, the Secretary, Alhaji Ibrahim Aminu who read the speech of the FCT Minister urged the beneficiaries to utilize the items for the betterment of their families, emphasizing that the gesture was meant to bring succour to residents in this challenging times.
According to him, the initiative was an integral part of the Federal Government’s approach to mitigate the effects of the removal of fuel subsidy which unfortunately has resulted in increased food market prices.
“We recognise the challenges faced by our fellow citizens and it is our responsibility to address these hardship and provide necessary support during these challenging times.”
The Chairmen of Kwali Area Council, Danladi Chiya, Abaji, Abubakar Umar Abdullahi and that of Kuje, Abdullahi Suleiman Sabo in their remarks commended the Tinubu Administration and Minister of FCT, Nyesom Wike and Minister of State FCT, Dr. Mariya Mahmoud for the support and promised to ensure equitable distribution of the palliatives to the targeted beneficiaries.
Beneficiaries who spoke at the three Area Councils, including Persons Living With Disabilities, also commended the President and FCT Minister for the gesture.
Edited By Grace Namiji
Written by: Blessing Nyor
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