In order to offset the effects of the state’s economic problems brought on by the removal of the petrol subsidy, the Kaduna state government has detailed a number of plans.
The palliative measures for Kaduna State would be used in three phases, according to a statement from the state governor, Uba Sani.
Recall that last month, President Bola Tinubu promised the state governments that, among other things, his administration would give the manufacturing sector N75 billion between July 2023 and March 2024 to help mitigate the effects of the removal of fuel subsidies.
The governor stated he would involve “stakeholders on board, including but not limited to Government Officials, representatives of Trade Unions, Faith-based Organisations, Persons with Disabilities, Market and Transport Unions, and the Private Sector.”
Mr Sani said that his administration would ensure that homes in the first phase (1,050,000 individuals, or roughly 210,000 households), would receive food goods.
The second phase, he continued, would focus on the transport sector and promote MSMEs and small-scale farmers.
Mr Sani claimed that his government will give priority to the resuscitation of the locomotive train from Zaria to Kaduna and Sabon Tasha to Kafanchan during the final phase in order to ease the passage for civilians.
“The families headed by People with Disabilities, Widows, and the Elderly will be considered first. Other Poor and Vulnerable Households, Orphanages and Internally Displaced Persons Camps (where applicable) will also be given special attention.
“A Committee responsible for planning and distribution of palliatives at the LGA level, comprising of LGA staff, organized labour, representatives of the private sector, faith-based, youth and women organizations would be constituted.
“A Monitoring Committee would also be constituted for each LGA to guarantee transparency in the conduct of the exercise and to ensure that the intended beneficiaries are reached.
“The full weight of the law will be visited on anyone who attempts to divert the palliatives meant for the people or tries to disrupt the exercise.
“Citizens are called upon to give maximum support and cooperation to the Implementation Committee to ensure a seamless exercise.