Mr Nyesom Wike, the Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), has cautioned against the diversion of palliatives meant for poor and vulnerable groups in the territory.
The minister gave the warning in Abuja on Tuesday during the ongoing distribution of food items to vulnerable residents at Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC).
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the FCT Administration (FCTA) on Monday commenced the distribution of 12,000 bags of rice and maize to vulnerable households across the six area councils of the FCT.
Wike, who was represented by Mr Lawan Geidam, Mandate Secretary, Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat, FCTA, reiterated the administration’s commitment to address the plight of the poor.
He emphasized that the poor and vulnerable persons in the society are the worst hit by the petroleum subsidy removal, stressing the need to prioritize their concerns.
He, therefore, cautioned those responsible for the distribution exercise to shun every temptation to divert the food items meant to reduce the impacts of the subsidy removal.
“The commitment to sustain the palliative distribution demonstrates the President Bola Tinubu administration’s dedication to provide support to vulnerable residents in the FCT.
“The initiative aims to alleviate the financial burden caused by the removal of fuel subsidies and ensure that essential food items reach those most in need,” Wike said.
Earlier, the Chairman of AMAC, Mr Christopher Maikalangu, urged the administration to allocate more food items to AMAC considering its large population of the poor.