…By Enitan Thompson for TDPel Media.
Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nassarawa state has expressed his belief that the proposed N8,000 palliative to be distributed by the Federal Government holds significant value for some households.
Despite popular opinions that this amount would not effectively cushion the impact of fuel subsidy removal on poor Nigerians, Governor Sule disagreed during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today.
Past Experience with Palliatives:
Governor Sule recalled how, during the previous administration, a mere sum of N5,000 was distributed as palliatives.
Despite being considered a meager amount, there were numerous people who relied on this assistance each month.
He mentioned that certain communities even pooled contributions and were able to achieve meaningful impacts within their localities using this modest amount.
Significance of N8,000 Palliative:
Contrary to the criticism, Governor Sule defended the proposed N8,000 palliative, stating that while it might not be considered a large sum of money to some, it holds substantial value to many others from impoverished families who do not have regular access to such amounts.
He emphasized that it is essential to identify and target these vulnerable families to ensure that the palliative reaches those who need it most.
Addressing the Needs of Poor Households:
Governor Sule’s standpoint underscores the importance of tailoring the palliative assistance to meet the specific needs of impoverished households.
By acknowledging that the N8,000 palliative can make a significant difference to certain families, he highlights the potential impact of targeted aid in alleviating financial burdens.
Governor Abdullahi Sule’s defense of the proposed N8,000 palliative emphasizes that while the amount might not seem substantial to some, it can make a meaningful difference to numerous poor households.
Drawing from past experiences with similar initiatives, he stresses the importance of identifying and assisting vulnerable families who are most in need of support.
As discussions continue regarding the palliative measures, it remains essential to consider the specific circumstances of disadvantaged communities to ensure effective assistance reaches those who require it most.
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