Enugu-Enugu State Government Reveals Criteria for Fuel Subsidy Removal Palliative Beneficiaries
The Enugu State Government has introduced clear guidelines for selecting recipients of fuel subsidy removal assistance in the state, with a focus on aiding vulnerable and disadvantaged individuals.
Deputy Governor Barrister Ifeanyi Ossai, who chairs the State Palliative Committee, shared these criteria during a meeting with local government chairpersons representing the 17 areas of the state. The objective of the meeting was to discuss the selection process for the fuel subsidy removal assistance beneficiaries.
Barrister Ossai outlined the criteria, emphasizing that eligible beneficiaries must meet specific conditions, which include:
1. Families with children unable to attend school due to financial constraints: Priority will be given to families where one or more children cannot attend school due to financial difficulties.
2. Individuals detained in hospitals after treatment or denied treatment due to unpaid medical bills: Those facing hospitalization challenges due to unpaid medical bills will be considered.
3. Widows supporting themselves through community work: Widows engaged in community-based livelihood activities like farming or domestic work will be eligible.
4. Widows with school-going children, especially if the oldest child is not yet in secondary school.
5. People in communities relying on religious institutions for school fees or festive celebrations: Those in communities depending on churches or mosques for school fees or holiday celebrations.
6. Individuals with disabilities, especially those lacking extended or direct family support: Persons with disabilities without strong family support networks.
7. Orphans without substantial community support: Orphans lacking sufficient support from their communities.
8. Individuals living below the World Bank Poverty Index threshold of 1,425 naira per day.
Barrister Ossai directed the council chairpersons to organize urgent meetings of ward palliative committees within their respective council areas. These meetings will address distribution methods for the assistance and gather reliable data on selected beneficiaries.
He stressed that ward councillors should collaborate with committee members, religious leaders, community leaders, and civil society representatives to ensure an effective and trustworthy selection process.
Special provisions will be made for those without national identity numbers and bank account details, with the state government assisting in obtaining the necessary information.
Regarding the number of beneficiaries per ward, it was agreed that each ward should nominate one thousand individuals as intended beneficiaries. Barrister Ossai urged the chairpersons to ensure the project is executed credibly and completed efficiently within the specified timeframe.