The Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Pastor Umo Eno, has officially appointed an 18-member committee to oversee the distribution of palliatives aimed at mitigating the impact of the removal of fuel subsidy on the state’s residents.
During the inauguration of the Committee in Uyo on Wednesday, the governor emphasized the importance of an equitable and even distribution of these resources, particularly to vulnerable members of the community. He revealed that the state had received 3,000 bags of rice from the federal government and charged the Committee to evaluate these provisions and suggest additional measures that could be implemented by the state government to complement the federal government’s palliatives. He set a two-week timeline for the distribution, taking into consideration the state’s economic conditions and available resources.
Governor Eno underscored his commitment to alleviating the impact of these changes, reiterating that the state’s efforts would be based on its financial capacity. He expressed gratitude to the organized labor for their cooperation, especially for their peaceful protest on August 2, which he deemed lawful and in line with democratic principles.
In a statement after the inauguration, NLC Chairman Comrade Sunny James commended the governor for swiftly establishing the Committee, even before his promised ten days had passed. He pledged labor’s support to ensure that the palliatives reached those in need within the state. Comrade James also highlighted the challenges posed by the current high cost of transportation on workers’ economic welfare, urging both federal and state governments to consider measures to alleviate these difficulties.
The Committee’s composition includes the Secretary to the State Government, Prince Enobong Uwah, as Chairman, with Mr. Frank Archibong, the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, serving as Secretary. Comrade Sunny James, the Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, and fifteen other members from government, organized labor, and civil society organizations complete the committee.
The committee’s mandate encompasses devising a detailed plan for the distribution of palliative items that will positively impact the impoverished population across the state, promoting awareness of the state government’s measures, and ensuring the successful implementation, monitoring, and assessment of palliative strategies, while maintaining the highest standards of integrity in their duties.
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