With President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s grant, Borno state governor, Professor Babagana Zulum, Tuesday, raised the state’s palliatives target from 300,000 to 400,000 households.
Governor Zulum had on August 1, 2023, while launching a new phase of palliatives’ distribution, announced a target of 300,000 households.
With the recent announcement of N5 billion intervention to states, Governor Zulum said he was raising his initial target by additional 100,000 households, which would multiply to 600,000 individuals.
“Today we are here to distribute palliative to 100,000 vulnerable households under the Presidential Initiative. This is in addition to the 300,000 households Borno State Government had rolled out early this month.
“You may recall that the federal government has announced N5 billion to all states and with that amount we intend to reach an additional 100,000 vulnerable families,” he said.
The palliatives have so far been distributed in Gwoza, Kukawa, Jere and Maiduguri Metropolitan Council to thousands of families benefiting. The state’s deputy governor, Umar Usman Kadafur, Monday, flagged off a similar distribution in Biu town.
Meanwhile, Governor Zulum has expressed gratitude to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for his timely support to the state government.
Zulum noted that Nigerians in the long term will benefit from Tinubu’s policies and programmes.
He said the fuel subsidy removal, despite the short-term difficulties, is a stepping stone towards a broader economic reform aimed at promoting sustainable development.