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Fri, Aug 25, 2023 11:00 AM

President Tinubu Holds Governors and Local Government Chairmen Responsible for Poor Management of Subsidy Removal Palliatives

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President Tinubu Holds Governors and Local Government Chairmen Responsible for Poor Management of Subsidy Removal Palliatives
President Bola Tinubu has emphasized that the responsibility of ensuring the proper distribution of subsidy removal palliatives lies with the governors and local government chairmen. In response to a request by Muslim clerics to monitor the distribution nationwide, Tinubu stated that he cannot give orders to the states as they are closer to the people. He urged Nigerians to hold the governors accountable for the management of the palliatives.

President Bola Tinubu has reaffirmed the need for accountability in the distribution of subsidy removal palliatives, stating that governors and local government chairmen should be held responsible for any mismanagement. He made this statement in response to a request by Muslim clerics to allow them to monitor the nationwide distribution of the palliatives.

Tinubu, while recognizing that he cannot directly give orders to the states as they are closer to the people, promised to continue engaging with the governors to ensure effective implementation. He stressed the importance of holding the governors accountable, as they are responsible for overseeing the distribution process.

"Even if I set up a panel, I will have to go through the governors and the local governments. We will continue to talk to the governors. Nigerians must hold them accountable," Tinubu stated.

The president further expressed his willingness to work with the governors, highlighting that more palliatives were on the way for Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).

The call by Muslim clerics to monitor the distribution process comes amid concerns and criticisms raised by organized labor regarding the federal government's N180 billion palliative disbursement to state governments. The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) have expressed doubts about the governors' ability to prioritize the welfare of the vulnerable citizens.

The organized labor argues that politicians might benefit more from the palliatives, rather than the intended beneficiaries. They have raised concerns that the poor Nigerians who truly need assistance may not receive the necessary support from the funds disbursed to state governments.

President Tinubu's call for accountability aims to address these concerns and ensure that the distribution of subsidy removal palliatives reaches those most in need. While acknowledging the constitutional limitations on his direct authority over the states, he appeals to the governors to prioritize the welfare of the citizens and implement the palliative measures effectively and transparently.

As the nation continues to grapple with the economic challenges posed by the removal of fuel subsidy, the proper management of palliatives becomes crucial in mitigating the impact on vulnerable individuals and businesses. President Tinubu's emphasis on holding governors and local government chairmen accountable serves as a reminder of the shared responsibility in ensuring the equitable distribution of resources.

The Nigerian people, as urged by the president, must actively engage and monitor the distribution process, ensuring transparency, fairness, and accountability. By doing so, they can contribute to the effective management of subsidy removal palliatives, further promoting the well-being of individuals and businesses across the nation.

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