By Mathew Dadiya
Nigerian Economic Council (NEC), Thursday directed state governments in the country to fast-track the distribution of palliatives meant to cushion the effects of the petroleum subsidy’s removal by the present administration.
Katsina State Governor, Dikko Radda, announce the directive while briefing State House Correspondents at the end of meeting presided over by Vice President Kashim Shettima at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Radda said the advice was given after receiving an update on the distribution of palliatives by the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum and Governor of Kwara State, Abdulraman Abdulrazaq.
“The update was given by the Governor of Kwara State, Abdulraman Abdulrazaq. He stated that members of the Council (State governments) have received the sum of two billion naira each from the federal government as part of the palliatives and work in progress by each of them and he Council urged members to re-double efforts to alleviate the sufferings of Nigerians,” he narrated.
The Katsina State Governor said state governments were appreciative of the government at the center for mediating in the purchasing price of maize, which was cheaper, compared to what obtains in the open market.