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Palliatives Distribution: FCTA Warns Against Diversion

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By Remi Johnson

As the FCT Administration continues its palliative distribution to indigent people in AMAC, Bwari and Gwagwalada Area Councils today, the FCT Minister, Nyesom Wike has warned all those involved in the distribution process, to resist the temptation of diverting the items.

The Secretary Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat, Lawan Geidam who represented the FCT Minister, Nyesom Wike during the exercise in Apo, Abuja Municipal Area Council, AMAC, said the palliative distribution demonstrates the administration’s dedication to providing support to vulnerable residents in the FCT.

He explained that the vulnerable persons in the society were the worst hit by the fuel subsidy removal, hence the need to prioritise their concerns in the ongoing palliative distribution.

He assured that the Administration would remain committed to initiatives that would strengthen citizens’ confidence in government’s policies.

He said, “the commitment to sustaining the initiative aims to alleviate the financial burden caused by the removal of fuel subsidy and ensure that essential food items reach those most in need”.

Earlier in his remarks, the Chairman of AMAC, Christopher Maikalangu urged the administration to allocate more items to the Area Council, which is the largest out of the six Councils in the FCT.

He noted that all the materials received have been distributed in all the wards, ensuring that it gets to those who deserved it.

At the Bwari Area Council, the Mandate Secretary, Social Development Secretariat (SDS) Ibrahim Aminu, who monitored the exercise, said the administration would not take lightly any act of sabotage during the distribution process.

He said, “Under this phase of distribution, we have brought the items closer to the people to ensure direct outreach, therefore an individual or stakeholder is not allowed to divert the palliatives meant for the poor people, let them get it”.

The chairman Bwari Area Council, John Gabaya urged economically viable residents to allow the less privileged people get the items.

According to Gabaya, “this palliative is only for those that are poor or don’t have means of survival, so government officials and appointees should not partake in the sharing as poverty will come upon anyone that hijacks the items”.

At the distribution Centre in Gwagwalada, the Chairman of the Council, Abu Giri, and the Mandate Secretary of the Area Council Service Secretariat, Bitrus Garki appealed to residents to support the administration of President Bola Tinubu and the FCT Minister, Nyesom Wike which has given hope to the natives of Abuja concerning political appointments and the establishment of the FCT Civil Service Commission.

 

Edited By Grace Namiji

Written by: Blessing Nyor

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