Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Nyesom Wike has said the vulnerable persons in the nation’s capital are the worst hit by the fuel subsidy removal and deserve priority in the distribution of palliatives.
The minister warned officials and other stakeholders involved in the distribution process to shun every temptation to divert the palliative items for their personal use.
The FCTA secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat, Lawan Geidam, who represented the FCT minister at the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) distribution centre, said the administration would remain committed to initiatives that strengthen citizens’ confidence in the government’s policies.
He said, “The commitment to sustaining the palliative distribution demonstrates the administration’s dedication to providing ongoing support to vulnerable residents in the FCT. 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.”
In Gwagwalada area council, the mandate secretary of the Area Council Service Secretariat, Bitrus Garki, who flagged off the distribution of the palliative in the council, appealed to residents to support the present administration of President Bola Tinubu and the FCT minister, Nyesom Wike.
He said the administration has given hope to the natives of Abuja concerning political appointments and the establishment of the FCT Civil Service Commission, adding that their long term demand for a state status to be given to FCT is gradually being achieved.
According to him, the present administration deserved the prayers and support of the natives of FCT for appointing an indigene of Abuja as one of the ministers in the present administration and also appointing an indigenous youth as the youngest mandate secretary in the country.
Also, the chairman, Hon Abu Giri commended President Tinubu and FCT minister, for the palliative which is meant to alleviate the suffering of the vulnerable people in the council.
Giri, who promised that the palliatives would get to the people that they are meant for, appealed to the FCT administration to come to the aid of the council, because the council needs massive development.
Also, in AMAC, the chairman, Christopher Maikalangu urged the administration to allocate more palliative items to his area council, noting that it is the largest out of the six councils in FCT.
He said that all the items received have been distributed in all the wards, ensuring that it gets to those who deserve it.
In Bwari area council, distribution centre, the mandate secretary, Social Development Secretariat (SDS) Ibrahim Aminu, who monitored the exercise, said that the administration will not take lightly any act of sabotage from anyone involved in the distribution processes.
The chairman of Bwari area council, John Gabaya, urged economically empowered residents to allow the less privileged people to get the items.