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Aiyedatiwa hails Tinubu on palliatives, ecological funds for states

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The Acting Governor of Ondo State, Mr Lucky Aiyedatiwa, has described as a timely, the intervention of President Bola Tinubu approving N5 billion palliative fund for each state of the federation to cushion the impact of the removal of petroleum subsidy.

This is contained in a statement made available to newsmen on Friday in Akure by Mr Keneth Odusola-Stevenson, th Pess Secretary to the Governor, Office of the Acting Governor.

Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno State, had made the announcement of the Federal Government subsidy palliative fund to states in Abuja on Thursday at the end of the National Economic Council (NEC) meeting at the State House

According to the statement, Aiyedatiwa, commended the timely intervention of the president in assisting the states to meet the challenges of providing necessary palliatives for their people.

The statement said that members of the NEC also deliberated extensively on the spate of incessant flooding across the country, adding that the Federal Government had made commitment to release ecological funds for states to tackle the crisis.

“I think we have had a very productive meeting at the NEC, presided over by the Vice President Kashim Shettima.

” Members of the council were full of praises for the president on the timely intervention regarding the N5 billion support for each of the states which is basically to provide food items and agricultural inputs.

“Although almost all the states have rolled out various measures to cushion the effect of these times for their people, this new support from the Federal Government will go a long way in expanding the scope and reach of the measures already set in motion.

“I therefore join other members of the NEC in thanking Mr president for this crucial support and I want to assure the good people of Ondo State that this fund will be fully utilised for the purpose it’s meant for,” the statement said.

The statement said the acting governor had directed members of the Ondo State Palliatives Committee to speed up work on the implementation of the measures already put in place by the state government.

“Our palliatives committee has been doing well so far. We’ve had the free transport support for civil servants in the state already running and all arrangements have been concluded for that of the school pupils.

“The process for cash support for the vulnerable is ongoing too and disbursement will begin by the end of the month.

 

“I want to commend the efforts of members of the palliatives committee, while also urging them to speed up the work.

“Now that we have additional support from the federal government, we are well equipped to do more for our people,”the statement said.

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Woman killed while crossing road in Anambra

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The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Anambra State Sector Command, has confirmed the death of a woman in an accident at Okpoko Market on the Asaba-Onitsha Road.

The Sector Commander, Mr Adeoye Irelewuyi, who confirmed the accident to journalists in Awka on Thursday, said that the woman was hit while she was crossing the road.

He said that the accident, which occurred on Wednesday, involved a commercial tow truck with registration number XA550BMA.

“Eyewitness report reaching us indicates that the truck was towing a vehicle in an uncontrollable speed along the axis.

 

“The vehicle that was being towed got detached from the tow truck.

“It hit and killed a female adult, who was said to be crossing the road, while the tow truck continued its movement.

“FRSC rescue team came to the scene and took the woman to Toronto Hospital, Onitsha, where she was confirmed dead and her body deposited at the hospital’s mortuary,” he said.

While sympathising with the family of the dead, the sector commander urged motorists, especially tow truck drivers, to exercise a high level of professionalism.

He also urged the drivers to always use standard equipment and avoid speeding.

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LASG’s maize palliative impactful, says poultry association chair

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The Chairman, Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN), Lagos State Chapter, Mr Mojeed Iyiola, said the state government’s maize palliative to members of the association made a positive impact on the sector.

Iyiola said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Lagos.

“We received about 150,000 tons of maize in February from the Lagos State government as palliative to cushion the effect of high feed prices.

“The major benefit of the palliative is that it actually cushioned the cost of production for most poultry farmers in the state.

“The palliative was beneficial as it made the cost of some poultry produce, especially eggs to drop,” Iyiola said.

He noted that prior to the palliative, a crate of egg was sold between N3,500 and N3,700 at the farm gate, but after the palliative, it now sells between N3,200 and N3,400.

According to the PAN chair, retailers and middlemen who sell from N3,800 to N4,200 do that for their personal gain.

 

“We have urged our members to sell their eggs at reasonable prices following the receipt of the palliative from the government.

“We appreciate the Lagos State government for the palliative but we also urge the federal government to do likewise, to further reduce the cost of production in the sector.

“This will consequently lead to drop in the prices of all poultry produce across board,” he said.

He said the palliative was shared among financial members of the association at no extra cost.

“As an association we shared the grains equally across PAN’s eight zones in the state equally. We also mandated each zone not the sell even a grain of the maize.

“We, however, considered new poultry farmers who wanted to the join the association as beneficiaries of the palliative,” said Iyiola.

He noted that through the palliative, more poultry farmers were recruited into the association.

“The maize was shared only to poultry farmers and not feed millers, it is the major component of poultry feed formulation,” he said.

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