The National Executive Council (NEC) has agreed on interventions for Nigerians through a cash transfer programme that will be immediately implemented by the federal, state, and local governments toward ameliorating the suffering of Nigerians since the removal of petrol subsidy.
The decision was part of resolutions reached at the 4th meeting of the Council chaired by Vice President Kashim Shettima.
Our Correspondent, Raliat Adenekan reports that Governor Chukwuma Soludo of Anambra State briefing newsmen alongside Bauchi and Ogun State colleagues, Bala Mohammed and Dapo Abiodun, respectively, stated that NEC raised concerns on the National Social Registers’ integrity utilized by previous administration, as he noted that it will be reviewed at the state level to ensure cash transfers reach the most vulnerable in the society.
To address the high cost of living, the Governor of Bauchi said about 252,000 metric tonnes of strategic food reserves including grains and fertilizers are to be distributed by state governments at a subsidized rate or no cost after it is received from the Central Bank of Nigeria, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).
On his part, Ogun Governor Dapo Abiodun said that the council has also suggested a six-month cash award policy for public servants to ease their living and transportation expenses while urging Governors to reduce the cost of governance in their various states.