In a bid to alleviate the impact of recent economic challenges and demonstrate empathy towards the most vulnerable segments of the population, the Kwara State Government launched the distribution of rice palliatives on Wednesday. The first phase of the distribution will encompass at least 250,000 10kg bags of rice.
The distribution ceremony, held in Ilorin, the state capital, was officiated by Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq. The governor’s absence was compensated by the presence of Engr Yakubu Salihu-Danladi, the Speaker of the Kwara State House of Assembly, who represented the governor at the event.
Governor AbdulRazaq conveyed that the distribution of these palliatives is a compassionate gesture to support the most vulnerable individuals during this challenging phase. He emphasized that these palliatives are just a temporary measure, and the government is actively working on implementing more sustainable initiatives to provide long-term support to the citizens.
During his address, Governor AbdulRazaq stated, “This is only a fraction of what we have done to identify with the people at this very critical moment of our national life. Palliatives are a stop-gap measure to cushion the effect of the removal of fuel subsidy on the most vulnerable among us.”
He further highlighted the efforts undertaken by the state government over the past weeks to introduce various palliative measures aimed at supporting both the formal and informal sectors. He also acknowledged the distribution of five trucks of rice received from the Federal Government prior to this initiative.
Governor AbdulRazaq shared that the state government invested N2 billion in the purchase of the rice being distributed. He emphasized the nonpartisan approach taken to identify beneficiaries, with the task entrusted to a committee of eminent Kwarans.
The governor shed light on the broader economic strategies being pursued by the state government, including substantial investments in bolstering the manufacturing sector, promoting local food production through commercial agriculture, supporting the production of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and electric vehicles, and creating ample employment opportunities for the youth across diverse sectors.
The distribution event was attended by members of the palliative committee, as well as beneficiaries representing various groups including Persons living with disabilities, Women Wing of the Christian Association of Nigeria (WOWICAN), market traders, Hausa community, Igbo Community, South-south community, Youth Council, National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Youth Christian Association of Nigeria (Youth CAN), orphanages, Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Trade Union Congress (TUC), Federation of Muslim Women’s Associations in Nigeria (FOMWAN), non-indigene community, National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), and various artisan groups.
As the distribution of rice palliatives kicks off, the Kwara State Government’s commitment to supporting its citizens during challenging times remains evident, with a focus on both immediate relief and sustained economic growth.
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