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Emir advocates subsidy support fund for vulnerables

Keana and Obi LGAs got 1000 bags of rice each, while Awe LGA got 1,100 bags of rice. Photo: Chris Nyamtu/Radio Nigeria

The Emir of Awe in Nasarawa State, Alhaji Isa Umar Abubakar has called on the federal government to establish a fuel subsidy support trust fund to provide care for vulnerable groups across the country.

Alhaji Isa Abubakar made the call during the distribution of Federal government fuel subsidy removal palliatives in the Awe local government area of Nasarawa State.

The Emir said since the removal of fuel subsidy, the economic conditions of most low-income households have continued to deteriorate.

He explained that although the fuel subsidy removal was for the common good of the citizens in the long run, but there was a need for the government to entrench a strong , independent, and effective programme targeting vulnerable groups to cope with the economic realities of the Policy.

The traditional ruler, however, stressed the need for transparent and equitable distribution of the food palliatives in line with the directive from President Bola Tinubu to ensure that the poorest households had access to the items.

Governor Abdullahi Sule disclosed that 3,100 kilogram bags of rice were given to households in Awe, Obi and Keana Local Government Areas of the state with a cash sum of N5,000 each.

The Governor noted that the state government had commenced payment of N10,000 to every civil servant and N5,000 to retirees in the state for a period of six months as part of steps towards cushioning the effects of the fuel subsidy removal for workers.

Reporting by Chris Nyamtu; Editing by Chinasa Ossai and Julian Osamoto