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Palliatives will continue until citizens’ hardship is addressed — Minister
 
By: News Editor
Mon, 11 Sep 2023   ||   Nigeria,
 

The Minister of Information and National Orientation, Alha­ji Mohammed Idris, has assured Nigerians that ongoing dis­bursement of palliatives across the states will be a continuous exercise until the hardship be­ing experienced by citizens as a result of fuel subsidy removal is addressed.

He also assured the current ad­ministration will continue to de­velop policies that promote national values and orientation, among the citizens.

He was speaking at a grand reception organised by the Niger State govern­ment to honour political gladiators from the state, on Saturday, September 9, 2023.

He urged state govern­ments to support the Fed­eral Government in the project of reorienting Ni­gerians, without which, he said, there cannot be mean­ingful development.

He said the Federal Government is conscious of the people’s needs, and the eight-point agenda was designed and implement­ed to address the leading socio-economic challeng­es and create jobs for the youth.

In his remarks, the governor of Niger State, Mohammed Umar Bago, congratulated those who secured political positions at both the federal and state levels and urged them to be good ambassadors of the state.

He lauded the Federal Government’s plans to ameliorate the suffering of the citizens, promising that the state governors would play their part in ensuring that the palliatives reach those for whom they were intended.

He noted that Niger State provides opportuni­ties for agriculture with its mass arable land, saying it can play a huge role in the Federal Government’s de­sire for more prosperity for Nigerians.

The event was well at­tended by Nigerites across political parties, including heads of traditional insti­tutions in the state.

Meanwhile, the minis­ter paid courtesy visits to two former heads of state, General Ibrahim Badama­si Babangida, and General Abdulsalami Abubakar.

At the home of the two statesmen, the minister said visits to elders are part of our cultural heri­tage, and the fatherly role that they provided for this country over the years will continue to be appreciated.

He informed them of the resolve of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to return Nigeria to its path of glory.

General Abdulsalami congratulated President Tinubu’s administration for clocking 100 days in of­fice and the Hon. Minister, on his appointment.

“The information port­folio is a tough job, having to market the image of government at a difficult time. I do not, however, doubt your capabilities, considering your media background, I’m sure you will do well.

“The government faced a very difficult situation and inherited many chal­lenges with the economy, fuel subsidies, and securi­ty. Nigerians, as a people want changes to happen quickly. So, my message to them is they should join hands with the government to overcome these challeng­es.”

The minister, respond­ing to questions from the media, indicated that el­der statesmen are always known to preach peace and unity, and they have com­mended Mr. President for his efforts in ensuring that there is peace and stability in Nigeria.

“President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is always talking about using our diversity for prosperity, and that is the message the elder statesmen also echoed here.

“Nigeria is a very di­verse country, and we should use that diversity positively for the progress and development of our dear nation.”

The minister has since returned to Abuja.

 

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