The Borno state government initiated a significant distribution of food and non-food palliatives on Monday. This move aims to alleviate the hardship resulting from the removal of the fuel subsidy.
The launch ceremony took place at the Muna garage suburb of Maiduguri.
Governor Babagana Zulum stated that the initiative targets 300,000 households, each with six members. This equates to roughly 1.8 million people.
The governor explained that this initiative is a response to the recent economic hardships triggered by the withdrawal of subsidies from petroleum products.
“We are doing this food distribution in line with the federal government’s rolled-out palliative meant to cushion the effect of the subsidy removal on the vulnerable citizens,” the governor said.
The beneficiaries, including displaced persons from the Mafa local government area, expressed their gratitude for the timely assistance. They had been facing food scarcity and rising commodity prices, making survival difficult.
Falmata Bulama, one of the beneficiaries, thanked the state government, saying,
“I am happy that we will have food to eat for days now, and we thank the government people for remembering us today.”
The Borno state government’s initiative to distribute food and non-food palliatives to its residents is a commendable effort to mitigate the impact of the fuel subsidy removal.
However, it also underscores the need for long-term solutions to address the economic hardships faced by the populace.
While palliatives provide temporary relief, the government should focus on sustainable strategies such as job creation, investment in infrastructure, and economic diversification.
These measures will not only cushion the effects of economic shocks but also foster growth and development.